Man sentenced for stealing from Wallumbilla dump
WHEN police spoke to a man after CCTV footage revealed him stealing from the dump, he told officers “this is a joke, the magistrate will laugh this out of court”. He didn’t.
Michael James Douglas Ellis pleaded guilty to one count of stealing after CCTV footage depicted him removing steel and iron from the Wallumbilla waste disposal centre.
The court heard, footage revealed Ellis driving a white ute with a large trailer attached into the centre before getting out and removing steel and iron, loading it into his trailer and driving off.
On August 22, police attended to Ellis’ home and spoke to him where he said, “it’s from the dump for f--k sake” and “they’ve had signs from there and I’ve been taking stuff out of there for ages” and “this is a joke, the magistrate will laugh this out of court”.
In court, Ellis frustrated with the matter asked the magistrate why he was the only one who has been charged for this offence when he sees people doing it all the time.
“Even from that day, until today, people are still taking stuff,” he said.
“I’m the only one being charged for this and I still see people taking stuff and I don’t understand why I am the only one being charged.”
Magistrate Peter Saggers told Ellis that lawfully, the dump is owned by Maranoa Regional Council.
“I appreciate what you’re saying,” the magistrate said.
“But it was only a little bit of steel,” Ellis replied.
“I take your point – don’t take anymore things from the dump,” the magistrate said.
Ellis was fined $300 and the conviction was not recorded.