‘Thank God everyone didn’t act like you...’ - Magistrate
HE KNEW the deal was dodgy, but Luke Richard Raymond Dillon still decided to pay an "acquaintance" $50 for a generator after Cyclone Marcia ripped through the region.
While thousands of Rockhampton and Yeppoon residents were struggling with no power, Dillon couldn't resist his acquaintance's offer, despite being told not to let many people see the generator.
Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Friday heard the generator, which had been stolen, arrived at the jockey's house on February 23 and he placed it in the laundry.
It wasn't long until police detectives paid him a visit.
The 25-year-old showed police around but nothing was found. When the detectives left, he moved the generator further into the laundry and put an armchair in front of it.
Dillon made the deal on February 23; was caught by police on February 25 and yesterday pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing tainted property.
Magistrate Michael O'Driscoll was appalled at the act, saying that he thanked God that every other member of the community didn't act like Dillon did during the cyclone.
"You decided to accept it knowing it was tainted and you knew everyone was suffering," Magistrate O'Driscoll said.
"If we knew it was taken from traffic lights or any other public purpose you would be facing prison."
Dillon was sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid community service and a conviction was recorded.
Buying stolen property wasn't his only charge yesterday; he was in front of the magistrate on a string of drug charges, including possessing utensils and a dangerous drug.
The drugs and utensils were discovered when Dillon was pulled over by police on January 24 at 2.45am for an RBT. A search found digital scales, a water pipe and a clip seal bag with white crystals inside.
His sentence for the drug charges were part of his community services hours.