Weazel caught trespassing fined
A MAN caught trespassing at a flooded Ipswich child care centre has been fined $150.
A witness called police after seeing Roy Thomas Dale Weazel walk into the Village Kids child care centre at Churchill about 9.50pm on January 16.
The centre had been flooded then gutted after the floods and was empty at the time, with no security in place.
Ipswich Magistrates Court heard Weazel walked into the building and then left.
Police caught the 24-year-old walking down Warwick Road with a woman.
Weazel and the woman were holding bottles but threw them on the ground when they saw police, the court was told.
Prosecutor Senior Constable Brad Dick said Weazel seemed to be under the influence of an intoxicating substance at the time and he swore at police.
Three plastic bottles and a tub of glue were found in their possession.
Weazel pleaded guilty to trespassing at the child care centre.
He was fined $150.
Defence lawyer Trevor Hoskin said Weazel was not at the child care centre for “any sinister reason”.
“He was waiting for friends who lived across the road,” Mr Hoskin said.
“He went in, walked around and left again.
“He was affected by the substance he was using at the time.”
Magistrate Virginia Sturgess told Weazel it was not acceptable for him to walk into a business that had been devastated by the floods late at night.
“I don’t know whether you were there spectating or whether you were there to sniff glue or whether you weren’t aware of what you were doing,” Ms Sturgess said.
“At this time when a lot of businesses had to close up due to the floods, people were worried about what people’s intentions were if they were wandering around in business premises.”