Repeat domestic violence offender sentenced to jail term

MAGISTRATE Bevan Manthey used a Granite Belt man as an example in court yesterday, sentencing him to six months jail breaching a domestic violence order.

The 23-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of contravening a domestic violence order for injuring his female partner.

Magistrate Manthey told the man his offences were quite serious and the courts must take this into account.

"The community denounces this type of behaviour," he said.

"Unfortunately you do not have a clean skin.

"You have a significant and long history and the court must take a consistent approach in these matters."

Magistrate Manthey took into consideration the man's early guilty plea and co-operation with police when delivering the punsihment.

The sentence will be suspended after one month.

Firearms charges

A STANTHORPE man has been ordered to pay $3000 in fines after pleading guilty to three charges relating to the possession of firearms.

Gerard Noel Roe, 58, appeared in Stanthorpe Magistrates Court yesterday on charges related to possession of explosives, possessing or acquiring restricted items and unlawful possession of weapons.

Roe was arrested following raids in the Granite Belt in March during Queensland Police's Operation Mike Colbalt.

Police found a silencer on Roe's property that didn't fit any weapons located inside the house.

Magistrate Bevan Manthey said he took into account Roe's early guilty plea and his history of mental illness.

Distraction blamed for forgetting to pay

A SOUTH Korean national who drove off from a fuel station without paying says he was distracted while talking on his mobile phone.

Sangwoo Joo was intercepted at Wynnum in Brisbane and questioned in relation to an offence at the Caltex Service Station on the New England Hwy.

Joo told police he was busy talking on the phone while filling up his vehicle and forgot to pay.

He was fined $100 and ordered to pay $40.50 restitution.

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