Smokes bought with stolen card

A NORVILLE father who charged more than $575 to a stolen credit card was sentenced in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday to 12 months probation.

Christopher David Brunton, 20, pleaded guilty to 12 charges, including five counts of fraud, a charge of possessing stolen goods, three charges of failing to appear and one count of breaching a court order.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Robyn Shapcott said that on January 17, 2008, a man told Mackay police his wallet had been stolen and he had been informed of charges on his credit card.

Sgt Shapcott said Brunton had used the credit card at five separate stores, where he bought drinks, cigarettes and a couch.

When questioned by police, Brunton told them he had been given the card by an acquaintance.

“He did show remorse and he was co-operative with police,” she said.

Sgt Shapcott said Brunton had also been arrested on August 6 for breaching a court order.

Brunton was pulled over by police for a random breath test about 5.20pm on Saturday and police found he did not have a current licence.

Sgt Shapcott said upon doing a check, they discovered a warrant had been issued for his arrest.

Defence lawyer Thomas Bray said Brunton had been in and out of foster homes between the ages of 12 and 18.

Magistrate Neil Lavaring sentenced Brunton to 12 months probation for the fraud and possession of stolen goods charges.

He was also ordered to pay $575.70 restitution.

Brunton was sentenced to one month in jail for the final fail to appear charge.



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