Bashing case adjourned to Warwick
THE men accused of viciously bashing school cleaner Rodney "Soapy" Steele have had their matter adjourned to a hearing in Warwick in April.
Zachary Troy Birchall, 19, and Darren Neil, 20, both fronted the Stanthorpe Magistrates Court yesterday morning.
Birchall and Neil were charged with one count of assault occasioning bodily harm whilst armed and in company, trespass and wilful damage to property owned by a school.
Their committal hearing will take place in Warwick on April 27.
Until then both men will remain on strict bail conditions.
DAVID Michael Ross Gilbey was fined $1400 and disqualified from driving for 12 months after pleading guilty to three charges in the Stanthorpe Magistrates Court yesterday.
Police intercepted Gilbey's vehicle on February 2 on the New England Hwy at Glen Aplin while conducting random breath tests.
The 24-year-old's condition prompted the police to search the vehicle, where they found a bladed kitchen knife in between the driver's seat and centre console and a glass pipe.
The driver was taken to hospital but refused to provide blood for testing.
Magistrate Bevan Manthey fined him and disqualified him from driving for a year.
Mr Manthey warned Gilbey if he was caught driving during this time he would face jail.
DANIEL Roy Joab Mollis is on Magistrate Bevan Manthey's radar after being found guilty of growing marijuana at his Fletcher Rd property.
Stanthorpe police prosecutor Steve DeLissa told the court police became suspicious of the 27-year-old after neighbours reported large volumes of traffic on the road into his property.
After being notified on January 4, the police did a foot patrol of the property on January 5. They located eight plants surrounded in chicken wire.
Surveillance cameras were set up and the property monitored for several days.
On January 19 police executed a search warrant on the property and seized the plants, which ranged from 30cm to 1.2m.
Mr Manthey told Mollis if he had not pleaded guilty he would have dished out a suspended sentence.
"You will be on my radar from now on," he said.
Mollis was fined $1600.