Some of the faces behind the crimes that shocked our region this year.
Some of the faces behind the crimes that shocked our region this year.

21 crimes that shocked the southwest this year

DOMESTIC violence and alcohol took up up the majority of Roma police officer resources in 2019, according to the region's top cop.

Roma police officer in charge, Senior Sergeant Duane Frank said the prevalent issue of drugs, alcohol and family violence in the community had kept his team busy with callouts on a daily basis.

"A lot of the time our call to service are from domestic violence matters, and alcohol related matters," Snr Sgt Frank said.

"These are ongoing issues for this community, and other communities, where taking a combination of drugs and alcohol, or one or the other, can lead to erratic, sometimes criminal behaviour.

"When that happens, police become involved, investigations begin and this can put them before court."

The Western Star has extensively covered court and crime matters throughout 2019, compiling a list of 21 crimes from the past 12 months that shocked locals.

From drug charges to assault, family matters to vandalism, it's all been heard in Roma court.

Snr sgt Frank said their priorities continued to be an immediate response to domestic violence, and road safety, especially in the lead up to the festive period.

"It's going to be the case where people are going to consume alcohol or drugs, or both, and are going to behave inappropriately and unlawfully," he said.

"In that case, we will take appropriate action.

"if you're going to drink, do so in moderation and don't make poor decisions like getting behind the wheel or becoming involved in an altercation. Look after each other."

Man steals $990 groceries using Chupa Chup bar code

A MAN stole almost $1000 of groceries by fraudulently scanning a 50c Chupa Chup lollipop bar code through self-serve check-outs at Woolworths over 11 transactions.

Mark Stephen Lynch, 51, pleaded guilty on June 26 to one count of fraud for the transactions at the Roma store between March 26 and May 5 this year.

Prosecutor Rohan Brewster-Webb said Lynch on each occasion fixed the lollipop bar code to his finger and scanned other grocery items, notching up $990.66 over the transactions.


Vengeful ex slashes former lover's tyres with knives

A VENGEFUL ex-lover slashed the tyres of her former partner's cars with knives she removed from his kitchen, a court heard.

Lee-ann Kearns fronted Roma Magistrates Court in June and pleaded guilty to two charges of wilful damage and one of trespassing.


'No crying like last time': Cowardly thug assaults cop

A MAN described as a "cowardly thug" by the Magistrate has been sent to prison for 23 months after a verbal argument escalated.

Steven Kapele Daniel, 25 fronted Roma Magistrates Court on October 16 facing charges of public nuisance and obstructing and assaulting a police officer.

He had been at a football banquet on September 20 with his girlfriend, before going to Subway.

Police were called when Daniel was seen yelling loudly and aggressively at his girlfriend outside the shop.


COURT: Soldier deformed victim's face with pool cue

ONE MAN has evaded jail time for smashing a pool cue over another man's face, which left the victim with a broken jaw, and titanium plates to avoid permanent deformity.

Earlier this year on , Daniel Diacostergou, 38, pleaded guilty in Roma District Court to one count of grievous bodily harm after assaulting a man at the Royal on Ninety-Nine on August 3, 2018.

The court heard Diacostergou had been patronised by the complainant for several hours during the night.


Man's quest for drugs results in shattered window

A DRUG user who saw his life snowballing out of control had "an epiphany" and is working to turn around his life.

But the epiphany followed a night of violence which landed the 33-year-old man in court yet again.


Judge calls out pregnant woman for smoking outside court

A MAGISTRATE caught a pregnant young woman breaching her bail condition when he happened to walk past her outside the courthouse, where she was sharing a cigarette with her mother.

Ieisha Alexis Garner, 20 appeared in Roma Magistrates Court on July 3 when she admitted to breaching a bail condition between April 23 - May 21 that prohibited her to be in direct or indirect contact with her mother and two other individuals. Garner's mother was not involved in any wrongdoing.


Magistrate launches into tirade at meth driving P-plater

A DRUG driver who didn't learn his lesson the first time, was caught for a second time within months.

Kenny Steven Thurlow, who fronted Roma Magistrates Court in July, pleaded guilty to two charges of driving while relevant was present in blood or saliva.


Pub brawl after woman clashes patrons heads together

CELEBRATIONS quickly turned nasty for a young woman who "thought it would be funny" to clash together the heads of two unsuspecting pub patrons.

Jaquita Cherae Brotherton fronted Roma Magistrates Court on Tuesday for drunkenly instigating a pub brawl on May 17.


Real-life grinch steals mother's Christmas present money

CHRISTMAS was ruined for a young family after hundreds of dollars that was put aside for presents was stolen from the mother's wallet as she slept.

Real-life Christmas grinch Kieran Jade Brock, 24 fronted Roma Magistrates Court on August 6 for stealing $300 from a friend's home he was staying at after being released from prison.


Roma grandma jailed after property drug raid

A GRANDMOTHER who was caught with more than 50g of marijuana on her property has blamed it on her family taking advantage of her.

Dianne Dulcie Lorraine Pascoe, 64, appeared in Roma Magistrates Court on September 3 when she faced charges of possessing dangerous drugs and drug utensils.


'Stay out of it': Streetfighter dad of five was warned

A FATHER of five who blamed his marriage breakdown on reoffending has been castigated by the magistrate for "poking his tongue out," at the court system.

Hamish John Volker, 35 fronted Roma Magistrates Court on September 24 when he faced six charges, including committing public nuisance, obstructing a police officer and driving under the influence.


Grandma faces court after abusing police officers

A GRANDMOTHER had to be handcuffed by police after she became abusive to officers while a search warrant was being conducted in her residence.

Sonia Lee Barbour, 47, fronted Roma Magistrates Court on September 26, when she faced four charges including obstructing a police officer and possessing property suspected of having been used in commission of a drug offence.


'F--- off, this is my house': Drunk man thinks he's on his property

A HEAVILY intoxicated man claims he believed he was on his own property when he was confronted by the homeowner who understandably asked him to leave.

Aaron Lee Grachan fronted Roma Magistrates Court on October 29 , when he faced a charge of public nuisance over the incident.


Police find meth in car on way to search warrant

HAVING been found with drugs in his car while police were on their way to execute a search warrant on his house, a 52-year-old man was this week handed down a term of imprisonment.

Bradley Denton fronted Roma Magistrates Court on October 29 , charged with two counts of possessing dangerous drugs, two counts possessing utensils or pipes that had been used, one count of failure to appear in accordance with undertaking, and one count driving a motor vehicle while a relevant drug was present, while on a suspended sentence.


'I'm going to kill you': Man threatens own mum with shovel

A TOOWOOMBA man who threatened to kill his own mother with a shovel said it was because he blamed her for his father's death two weeks prior, the court heard.

Johnny Cooper, 43, fronted Roma Magistrates Court on October 29, when he faced charges of common assault and committing public nuisance.


Huge cat fight over felines stealing woman's dinner

AFTER a heated neighbourly dispute over cats not staying in their yard came to a head, one woman landed herself in court.

Brendalee Deberah Fraser, 58 fronted Roma Magistrates Court last month, where she faced two charges of public nuisance.

Police prosecutor sergeant Heather Whiting told the court that at 8.30pm on November 1, Fraser was standing outside her house when her neighbours arrived home.


Young woman's social media rampage ends in street brawl

AN 18-year-old woman who went on a social media rampage and was later involved in a brawl with a female target, has been ordered to undergo anger management.

Cheristal Ramsey pleaded guilty in Roma Magistrates Court back in April to five charges, including obstructing and assaulting police officers and a public nuisance offence.


Father bashed with bar in front of his wife and child

SMASHING a tyre iron over another man's head during a dispute over debt, led to the conviction of a 47-year-old man for common assault.

John William Storch pleaded guilty to one count of assault causing bodily harm while armed on June 10, 2018, when he appeared in Roma District Court in May .

The court heard Storch confronted his victim as he was working on a car out the front in the presence of his child and wife.


JuDrug dealer and dad-to-be jailed after police raid

A DRUG dealer will miss the birth of his child after fronting court one too many times.

Cody Lawrence Pearn faced Roma Magistrates Court in July and pleaded guilty to seven drug charges including supplying dangerous drugs and two charges of possessing property suspected of having been used in connection with the commission of a drug offence.


'Using this garbage again': Random RBT busts man with drugs

A MAN facing nine drug related charges in court has been warned by the magistrate to stop using and selling the garbage or he'll end up in jail.

Anthony Madigan fronted Roma Magistrates court on October 29, when she faced nine charges including supplying dangerous drugs, possessing dangerous drugs and drug driving.


Videos, photos of woman 'smoking meth' land her in court

AFTER her partner was found with a small bag containing 7g of methylamphetamine between his buttocks, Larissa O'Brien did not hesitate to claim the drugs as her own.

She fronted Roma Magistrates Court via videolink last month on seven charges, all relating to the possession of the dangerous drug.


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