Alleged Bundy thief to stand trial

A BUNDABERG man was committed to stand trial in the District Court yesterday on three counts of stealing and three receiving charges.

Grant Thomas Lobley, 39, of Kepnock, initially pleaded guilty to the three receiving charges but later withdrew his plea after further discussions with his defence.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens told the court police executed a search warrant at Lobley's home on December 30.

They located property including an air-conditioning unit, a DVD player, a camera and clip-seal bags filled with medication.

Magistrate John Smith read out details of the alleged indictable offences.

The first stealing charge stated that sometime between December 10 and 14, Lobley entered a private dwelling and stole items including an air-conditioning unit, a television, two video cameras, jewellery and a phone.

The second stealing charge related to an offence on November 11 where Lobley allegedly stole a laptop from Impact Make Your Mark.

The third stealing charge alleged Lobley stole nine gas cylinders from Millaquin Mill sometime between November 6 and 10.

The receiving charges related to property in the three alleged stealing offences.

Lobley was released on bail after he was charged with the stealing and receiving offences but police say he breached these conditions on June 15 when he was allegedly caught with more than half a kilogram of marijuana.

He was charged with three counts of drug-related offences including possessing and supplying dangerous drugs.

Bundaberg police said they could smell marijuana when they approached Lobley in Maynard Street, where he was standing on the side of the road with a backpack and torch.

The court was told police found 518g of marijuana, clip-seal bags, a set of scales, walkie-talkies and $2536 cash in the bag.

Sgt Stevens told the court Lobley said he had the marijuana in his possession for financial gain.

Lobley applied for bail but Magistrate John Smith denied the application.

Lobley sat in the dock in a prison-issue tracksuit whispering to his partner and two children throughout.



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