Alleged camera thiefs refused bail

A MAN accused of stealing a camera and $300 in a business break-in was denied bail yesterday after a magistrate decided he was an unacceptable risk of committing further offences.

Lee Limb, 26, of Burnett Heads, pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court to unlicensed driving and failing to appear, and applied for bail on charges of entering premises and committing indictable offence and receiving tainted property.

It is alleged that on April 1 this year, a lattice business on Activity Street was broken into and a camera, memory card and $300 cash was stolen.

Later, police raided Limb's Burnett Heads home on May 5, where they found the camera and memory card in the defendant's bedroom.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Robyn Shapcott told the court Limb claimed he had owned the camera for about 10 years.

However, the business owner was able to describe the camera down to the images that were on it and the peculiarities on the camera shell.

Sgt Shapcott opposed Limb's bail.

“Your honour may be somewhat familiar with Mr Limb,” she said.

“He certainly has an extensive and serious criminal history and his traffic history is equally unimpressive.”

Limb pleaded guilty to one charge of driving without a licence, which had been disqualified on demerit points, and one charge of failing to appear after he did not turn up to court on August 2.

Defence lawyer Kel Pearson said his client had a partner and child in Bundaberg, meaning there was little or no chance he was a flight risk.

But Sgt Shapcott said Limb was on a suspended jail sentence at the time of the alleged offences.

Mr Pearson said Limb had moved homes and had not received his disqualification notice in the mail.

Magistrate Neil Lavaring said granting Limb bail was a concern when taking his criminal and traffic history into account.

He denied the bail and ordered Limb serve 14 days' jail for failing to appear and unlicensed driving, and set the remaining matters for mention on October 8.

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