Man fined for keeping lost iPhone

FOR a 20-year-old man, the age old adage “finder’s keepers, loser’s weepers” did not ring true, with him having to cough up about $560 after stealing a mobile phone.

Sebastian William Kelly pleaded guilty at Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday to one count of stealing.

Police prosecutor Acting Senior Constable Troy Daubaras said a man reported his 16gb Apple iPhone missing on November 12 last year.

Acting Sen Const Daubaras said the man had a plan with a phone company, which he had to pay money monthly to keep.

He said the man then got a letter stating someone was using his phone.

Acting Sen Const Daubaras told the court Kelly had put another SIM card in the man’s phone.

Following investigations, he said police found Kelly to be using the phone.

Acting Sen Const Daubaras said Kelly told police he found the phone underneath his couch in the living room at his old residence in Glenlyon St, Gladstone, following a party held at the address.

He said Kelly told police he new everyone at the party and no one said they lost their phone.

Acting Sen Const Daubaras told the court Kelly said he kept the phone for a couple of weeks but no one came forward so decided to use it.

He said the man was billed $560.10.

The court heard Kelly had no history.

Magistrate Mark Morrow fined Kelly $400 and ordered him to pay the man $560.10 compensation.

A conviction was not recorded.

Meanwhile, Douglas Colin Draper pleaded guilty at Gladstone Magistrates Court on Monday to drink-driving and driving without a licence.

Acting Sen Const Daubaras said Draper was caught with a blood-alcohol concentration reading of 0.129% on the Bruce Hwy, Calliope, about 11am on March 19.

He said checks also revealed he did not have a licence.

Magistrate Morrow fined Draper $1600 and disqualified him from holding or obtaining a licence for 12 months.



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