Grantham looting suspect in court
A GRANTHAM resident accused of stealing from his flood-ravaged town has pleaded not guilty to looting.
Robert John Pumfrey appeared in Gatton Magistrates Court yesterday showing no emotion as the alleged offences were read out.
Police allege the 62-year-old man stole a garden statue and a set of car clamps just a day after he and other Grantham residents were allowed to return to their flood-devastated homes.
On January 19, witnesses told police they saw Pumfrey load items from a yard in Anzac Avenue into the back of his ute.
Pumfrey was charged with stealing by looting in a natural disaster area and stealing by looting where death had occurred.
The case was adjourned for four weeks to allow defence time to obtain witness statements from prosecutions.
Pumfrey’s lawyer Paul Emmerson also asked the court to change the conditions of his client’s bail to allow Pumfrey to return to his home in Grantham to get his belongings, until the matter had been resolved.
Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck granted the change to Pumfrey’s bail conditions but said he must be accompanied by police on all visits to his Grantham property.