Stolen scooter driver in court

A MAN who was found with a stolen scooter has been convicted of five driving and drug related charges in Bundaberg Magistrates Court.

Joel Nathan Blasco, of Gin Gin, was intercepted by police on June 22 on St Kilda Road.

Police pulled the man over after seeing his motor scooter was not registered.

He told police he had owned the vehicle for nine months and had purchased it for $160.

Officers conducted further checks and found the scooter was stolen, and Blasco admitted he had purchased it without keys.

When challenged, Blasco told police he did not know the scooter had been stolen.

Officers went to Blasco's home to retrieve the scooter and while there, found that a dwelling on the property had a strong smell of cannabis and there were cannabis seeds and water pipes in the shed, which Blasco admitted belonged to him.

The defendant pleaded guilty to five charges – driving uninsured, possessing tainted property, driving unregistered, possessing utensils and possessing dangerous drugs.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts fined Blasco $300 for the drug offences, $300 for the tainted property charge, $160 for driving unregistered, $200 for driving uninsured and ordered the forfeiture of the scooter.

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