Money stolen, then lost

A FAMILY dispute led to a woman appearing in Gladstone Magistrates Court on a stealing charge.

Katy Myree O’Brien pleaded guilty to the offence which occurred on October 9 last year.

Police Prosecutor Constable Sean Franklin said police were called to an address where a complainant told police O’Brien was visiting when she went upstairs to use the bathroom.

The defendant allegedly took $294 cash out of a wallet on a kitchen bench and put it in her cigarette packet.

The complainant confronted O’Brien about the theft and it was claimed O’Brien then left the property and threw the cigarette packet and money into nearby bushes.

O’Brien returned to the house a short time later and was searched by police.

Police said she admitted to the theft but did not return and get the money from the bushes.

The money was never found.

O’Brien had no prior criminal history and the complainant was a relative of O’Brien’s partner.

The unemployed defendant was fined $300 and ordered to pay $294 restitution to the complainant.

No conviction was recorded.

Also in court Mark Christopher Hohn entered a guilty plea to drink driving.

Police intercepted Hohn at 6.50pm on July 18 after attending a single-vehicle accident.

The defendant had a blood alcohol reading of 0.062 and had no prior history.

Magistrate Morrow fined Hohn $400 and disqualified him from driving for one month with a conviction recorded.

In another case Daniel John Newton pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Friday.

The defendant was intercepted by police at 10.40pm on July 7 on Sun Valley Road.

The provisional license holder had a BAC of 0.031 but should have had a zero reading.

The defendant was fined $275 and disqualified him from driving for three months with a conviction recorded.



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