Cutting through yard lands man in court

TAKING a shortcut through a Gladstone yard led to Stewart Allen Skey receiving a $300 fine and a conviction recorded after he pleaded guilty to trespass at Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

The court heard Skey entered rear yard of a residence and then retreated "possibly because of a dog".

Skey had been seen by a concerned member of the public and the police were called.

He did not have permission to enter the yard, which was clearly defined by a large fence.

Skey told the court that he was just taking a shortcut.

Magistrate Penelope Hay told Skey that it wasn't a good idea to take a shortcut through people's yards.

Skey also pleaded guilty to breaching his bail conditions after he didn't inform police he had moved.

Skey had undertaken to abide by the conditions of bail, which required that he notify police of any change of residential address, on July 1 this year in Gladstone Magistrate Court.

Magistrate Hay said she took into account Skey's early plea on the trespass offence and his timely plea in the breach of bail during sentencing.

Skey was fined $300 for each offence and the fines were referred to the State Penalties and Enforcement Registry.



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