BEST OF: 10 bizarre stories from Warwick courts
FROM a man who stole his neighbour’s vibrators and sandwich maker to a criminal who clogged up a prison toilet to make a getaway, here are 10 Warwick residents who faced caught on dumb or bizarre charges
In 2018, Kody Alexanda Tyler thought clogging a cell toilet with toilet paper then flushing it repeatedly would help him move rooms.
Even Tyler’s defence lawyer Phil Crook said his means of bringing attention to his issue were “a bit over the top”.
Tyler pleaded guilty to wilful damage of police property and was ordered to complete 60 hours of unpaid community service.
In 2017, Jamie Edward Kratzmann fronted the Warwick Magistrates Court, not for starting a wild party, but for ending it.
After a night of drinking, he walked home past his ex-girlfriend’s partner’s house in Clifton.
Kratzmann saw the partner was having a party so he decided to go inside to turn the power off.
Alongside an $800 fine, Kratzmann was given a 12-month good behaviour bond.
One Clifton man did a lot of more than just house-sit in this 2020 Warwick Magistrates Court case.
Jason Patrick McMahon was asked to feed his neighbour’s cat, but instead entered the woman’s home in November, helping himself to four vibrating sex toys, women’s underwear, DVDs, jewellery, a Breville sandwich maker and personal documents.
McMahon pleaded guilty to stealing and was fined $400.
No conviction was recorded.
Even Warwick police prosecutor Ken Wiggan deemed this 2019 case a stupid one.
Andrew Philip Jobson went to show off his new gel blaster to his mother, not realising that walking on a street nearby Warwick West State School with the realistic-looking weapon would send the school into lockdown.
“If there was an offence for being stupid, he should have been charged with a stupid offence because he’s walked past the school with a fairly large type of a weapon or firearm,” Sgt Wiggan said.
Jobson pleaded guilty in the Warwick Magistrates Court to one charge of carrying an exposed weapon in a public place.
Magistrate Jason Schubert sentenced Jobson to a $1250 fine but no conviction was recorded.
A 2017 Stanthorpe night out took a bizarre turn for the worst when Christopher Wayne Doorley injured a man’s wrist during a handshake.
Doorley’s lawyer, Alex Kurschinsky said the 41-year-old didn’t remember much of the incident.
“He was in the pub at the time and a little bit cut,” Mr Kurschinsky said
Doorley pleaded guilty to one count of assault.
Magistrate Bevan Manthey handed Doorley a $1000 fine and 40 hours’ community service, and he was also banned from the Central Hotel for a year.
No conviction recorded.
A couple in the throes of an intimate rendezvous were caught red-handed in 2019 after the man swiped a strap-on dildo swiped from an adult store earlier that day.
Warwick Magistrates Court heard Wayne James Leschke stripped the sex toy from its packaging before swiping it, but the $90 dildo was later spotted by cops in his car — as were Leschke and the woman in an ‘intimate position’.
Leschke pleaded guilty to one count of stealing as well as possessing dangerous drugs and drug utensils.
Acting Magistrate Roger Stark ordered Leschke to pay a total of $900 in fines as well as pay $90 restitution for the sex toy.
Convictions were recorded.
After Le Lay stole the trailer in 2019, Warwick police were able to use its GPS tracker to show its exact movements.
Le Lay pleaded guilty to the one count of stealing
While he told police he planned to return the trailer, Magistrate Robert Walker said Le Lay’s actions made it look like he wanted to keep it permanently.
“You crossed the line between silly behaviour and criminal behaviour,” Mr Walker said.
Le Lay was ordered to pay a $1000 fine, which was referred to SPER.
The conviction was not recorded.
A drunken decision saw Warwick man Christopher Bede Donn pay $100 for a pair of thongs in 2016.
Donn shoplifted the thongs from Target Country, and when asked to explain his actions to police — the answer was simple.
“I was pretty p***** at the time,” he told them.
Donn was convicted with no further punishment, but fined $100.
It turns out you should never asked a police officer to ‘just arrest’ you, if you don’t also expect to find your way behind bars.
Warwick Magistrates Court heard that after a day at the Clifton races in 2019, intoxicated law student Tristan Daniel Heiner staggered over to Leyburn police outside The Club Hotel, refusing to listen when they told him he was not allowed to enter the bar and yelling ‘you can’t stop me, you can’t do anything’.
Heiner pleaded guilty to one charge each of failing to provide particulars, resisting an authorised person after being refused entry and failing to wear a seatbelt.
“In hindsight it was pretty silly, I should have kept my head down and my mouth shut,” he said.
Given his financial hardships, Magistrate Bevan Manthey sentenced Heiner to 100 hours of community service and no conviction was recorded.
Benjamin Bruce Cameron pleaded guilty to one count each of entering premises to commit an indictable offence and failing to appear in 2019, following the event his defence lawyer said was caused by drinking too much.
Cameron had previously breached probation and suspended sentences, so Magistrate Robert Walker said the only appropriate penalty was jail.
He was sentenced to four months’ jail but was immediately released on parole.