Excessive middle-aged drinkers risk setting a similar path for their kids as booze-related hospital admissions soar among older people. Picture: iStock
Excessive middle-aged drinkers risk setting a similar path for their kids as booze-related hospital admissions soar among older people. Picture: iStock

Mystery around how pub lost eight kegs of beer

EIGHT kegs of beer were grabbed from a popular Ipswich watering hotel in an apparent grog raid by a thirsty thief.

But when the thief went before Ipswich Magistrates Court, very limited police facts were given.

Even how the eight beer kegs had been carried off from the hotel was not disclosed by the police prosecutor.

But Jeremy Andrew Hamley, 25, from Riverview, did plead guilty to a dozen offences, including; stealing; trespass; possession of dangerous drugs; receiving tainted property; unlawful use of a motor vehicle; driving unlicensed when suspended; committing public nuisance; and being a driver failed to have proper control over a motor vehicle; and driving with false plates

Police prosecutor Ricky Tsoi said the offences took place over four days in October at Booval, Ipswich, Silkstone, Bellbird Park and Basin Pocket.

Hamley did a $100 fuel drive-off on October 23.

Mr Tsoi said eight kegs of beer were stolen from the Prince Alfred Hotel at Booval. And Hamley in another offence had unlawfully used a Toyota LandCruiser which was later found damaged and stuck in a causeway.

Where it was stolen from was not stated, nor what Hamley did to cause public nuisance.

It was an open court but no facts were given on how, or where Hamley lost control of a vehicle.

Queried by Magistrate Andy Cridland, Mr Tsoi said police came across Hamley in Silkstone at 6am on October 23.

He was changing a flat tyre. He was breath tested and proved positive to two drugs - methamphetamine and cannabis.

Mr Cridland fined Hamley $1000 for not having proper control of a car, using an unregistered and uninsured vehicle, driving when suspended and using false plates.

For the public nuisance offence and other offences he received one month in jail.

He received four months in jail for stealing petrol, receiving tainted property, and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

His heaviest sentence was eight months in jail for stealing the eight kegs of beer.

Hamley was disqualified from driving for two years and one month.

With 54 days already spent in pre-custody Hamley was given immediate parole release.

Some police prosecutors do not disclose the full facts in the courtroom which can be confusing. Especially to know the facts that the magistrate is sentencing on.  To get the complete facts in Queensland (unlike other states) a court reporter must pay a fee - essentially 'to buy the agreed facts to read'.  In other states media/court reporters receive the facts on record with no fees - to help ensure accuracy.

Offences

Stealing; trespass; possession of dangerous drugs; receiving tainted property; unlawful use of a motor vehicle; driving unlicensed when suspended; committing public nuisance; and being a driver failed to have proper control over a motor vehicle; and driving with false plates



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