Man admits to being getaway driver

ONE of four people accused of robbing the Riverview dump of electrical goods last month has pleaded guilty in court.

Four co-accused appeared at Ipswich Magistrates Court this week and three asked for their cases to be adjourned.

David Robert Mann, 43, was the driver of the getaway car in the theft, and pleaded guilty to stealing and wilful damage.

A wire fence was cut to gain access to the dump and the group, consisting of Mann, two men and a woman, was disturbed in the early hours of March 11.

Mann was behind the wheel of a white station wagon and stayed in the car with the female passenger throughout the theft.

A number of items were stolen including three lawn mowers, two televisions, one DVD player and one gaming console.

While security staff tried to keep the group at the scene until police arrived, two men allegedly fled and then returned to the car, which Mann drove off.

The group was arrested a short time later close to the dump, taken to the Ipswich watch house and charged.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard Mann had no criminal history and had been extremely co-operative with police.

Mann's defence said the group had intended to sell the stolen goods.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said although the theft was "somewhat unusual" it didn't give Mann the right to damage a fence and steal the goods.

Mann was fined $300 and ordered to pay $162.50 to Ipswich City Council to fix the fence.

James Albert Madden, 26, William Ryce Madden, 23, and Amie Judith Pedersen, 24, have each been charged with stealing, wilful damage and trespass and will appear in court on May 1.



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