NAMED AND SHAMED: Everyone who appeared in court

A number of people appeared in the Charleville Magistrates Court on Monday, January 11 on a range of different charges.

Everyone who pleaded guilty to their offences and had their convictions recorded:

Mother and son face court after home raided

An unemployed Charleville man with 11 pages of criminal history has landed not only himself, but his mother in court for a range of drug offences.

Christopher Wayne Tanner, 28, fronted court after police raided his mother’s home on Racecourse Drive and located a range of drugs and drug items.

The court heard at 11.50am on Monday, October 26 2020, Charleville police attended the residence and upon entering the home could smell burnt cannabis.

Police prosecutor sergeant Caroline Boodnikoff said multiple people at the residence, including Tanner and his mother Michelle Marion Tanner, were arrested and a range of drug items, including scales, syringes, scissors, stokers, screwdrivers, spoons, homemade water pipe, clipsal bags, used containers and a cone piece were seized.

Tanner pleaded guilty to failing to take care of syringe or needle, possessing property suspected of having been used in connection with the commission of a drug offence and possessing anything for use in the commission of crime.

For each offence, Tanner was given an extra one month on parole.

The conviction was recorded, and the drug items were forfeited.

The 47-year-old mother pleaded guilty for allowing her son to consume drugs while in her home.

Mr Metcalf said the mother doesn’t take drugs and attempts to tell her son to refrain from smoking cannabis, however doesn’t interfere with what he does in his own room.

Magistrate Peter Saggers said he understands it would be difficult to control what her 28-year-old son is doing.

She was fined $300 and the conviction was not recorded.

Mum sentenced over fraud, drug charges

There’s little ‘law abiding’ for Regina Caroline Lawton, who fronted the Charleville courthouse charged with 11 offences, including five fraud charges.

The court heard on September 18, 2020 the mother of four spent close to $400 of alcohol and cigarettes at two businesses in town after she stole a man’s debit card.

On Monday, January 11 sergeant Boodnikoff told the court a man reported to police he had lost his wallet and bank statements showed transactions not made by him.

Sergeant Boodnikoff said Lawton had even gone to the effort of wearing a towel over her shoulders to purchase two packets of cigarettes.

Later, she went to the Charleville RSL and the cashier told police, the defendant seemed surprised when the first $85 transaction approved, so she proceeded to do another two $85 alcohol purchases.

Magistrate Saggers placed Lawton on a 15 month probation order, with specific drug and alcohol programs she must complete.

The drug items were forfeited, and she was ordered to pay $376.25 compensation to Heritage bank.

The convictions were recorded.

Magistrate appalled at Charleville man’s ‘violent’ behaviour

A magistrate was lost for words when Charleville man Darcy Liam Ahern fronted court yet again for another serious offence, after he left two men bloodied in a frenzied attack after he saw his dad king hit.

The court heard on November 28, 2020, Ahern was at the bowls club in town with his father enjoying a few quiet drinks when things took a turn for the worse.

Sergeant Boodnikoff told the court on Monday, January 11, CCTV footage captured seven males engaging in a verbal argument before a violent confrontation occurred.

“The defendant pushes an unknown male and the defendant’s father is seen trying to hold the defendant back,” sergeant Boodnikoff said.

“The defendant then punches the man in the face … they go into a multitude of blows and then grappling on the ground.

“The defendant is pulled away from the man and is seen trying to stand up but the pair continue to push and shove each other while members of the public try to separate them.

“The defendant is seen to walk a short distance away from the carpark before again being approached by the man, the defendant is observed to remove his shirt and striking him several times … two females are seen running away from the altercation.”

Sergeant Boodnikoff said Ahern was “aggressive, confrontational and violent”, despite being in the presence of multiple people and his father.

Magistrate Saggers told the court he was considering placing Ahern on probation, but after hearing the facts, he fined him $2000 and the conviction was recorded.

Bored father graffitis courthouse while waiting to give evidence

Boredom got the best of a young Charleville father who graffitied the window ledge of the courthouse, while waiting to be a witness for an unrelated matter.

CCTV footage captured Paul Alex Hallinan, 23, scratch ‘Paul H’ into the window ledge of the court building on November 5, 2020.

Hallinan proceeded to tell Magistrate Saggers he was so bored while waiting to be a witness, he even fell asleep outside.

The defendant fronted the Charleville Magistrates Court on Monday, January 11 and pleaded guilty to wilful damage by graffiti.

His solicitor, Chelsea Saldumbide told the court her client engaged in “low level” offending and understands it was a stupid thing to do.

Hallinan is the father to a one-year-old child and is currently employed at a goat abattoir.

He was ordered to complete 40 hours of community service and pay $185 compensation.

“It was a pretty mindless thing to do, waiting to give evidence and sitting there putting PH into the window,” Magistrate Saggers said.

“Don’t come back before the courts, you have a job and a child and that’s no example to set.”

The conviction was recorded.

Conviction not recorded:

Teen rode motorbike drunk, speeding on wrong side of road

A teenager who broke his collarbone after he opted to hop onto his motorbike drunk, without a helmet, with his mate on the back and speed into oncoming traffic was sentenced in the Charleville Magistrates Court.

Luke Cameron Dierke pleaded guilty to five offences, including dangerous operation of a vehicle, driving over the general alcohol limit, driving uninsured vehicle, driving without a licence and driving an unregistered vehicle.

The 19-year-old told police he had friends over for drinks and about 11pm he offered a lift home to one of his friends on his Kawasaki motorcycle.

“Both got on and rode from his residence,” sergeant Boodnikoff said.

“Neither were wearing helmets, rode on the incorrect side of the road and the defendant stated he wasn’t sure what speed he was going but it could have been as high as 70km/hr in a 50km speed zone.

“He struck a centre island which caused the crash and both males came off the bike.”

The defendant was slapped with a $1500 fine and will be off the roads for nine months.

The convictions were not recorded.

Yet to enter a plea or did not plead guilty in court on Monday, January 11:

Charleville man faces court on incest charges

A man fronted the Charleville Magistrates Court charged with incest.

The defendant, who cannot be named to protect the victim’s identity, faced court on Monday, January 11.

It is understood he has not entered a plea in relation to that offence but has other matters in the High Court.

He was also charged with possessing restricted items.

Duty solicitor Ms Saldumbide and police prosecutor sergeant Caroline Boodnikoff asked Magistrate Saggers to adjourn the matter until the next court sitting to prepare further evidence.

“In regard to the indictable offence, the brief is almost complete so I will require an adjournment and for the new charge, I will need to give some advice to the defendant,” Ms Saldumbide said.

The man is required to report to police every Monday and Friday.

The matter was adjourned until February 9.

Local man charged with strangulation and deprivation of liberty

A man who has been charged with assault, strangulation and deprivation of liberty in a domestic violent setting, is currently in jail and likely to front the Charleville District Court next month.

Slimson Muna did not appear in the Charleville Magistrates Court on Monday, January 11.

But his lawyer Leslie Reed said it was likely he would plead guilty to eight offences, including, two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm – domestic violence offence, choking suffocation strangulation associated domestic violence, two counts of deprivation of liberty – domestic violence offence, and two counts of threatening violence and common assault.

“My instructions at this stage, it may change, but he intends to enter a plea of guilty to all charges,” Ms Reed said.

Magistrate Saggers adjourned the matter until February 9 for a committal mention, and noted that it was likely the charges would progress to the District Court on February 15.

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