Dad told to repay debt
A SHAKY version of the truth almost ended in tears for a 25-year-old during his Warwick District Court appearance yesterday.
Sean Roger Coker fronted court in an attempt to have his community service order revoked.
It had resulted from a fraud conviction at the Southport District Court during March last year, blamed on depression, full-time student obligations, parental responsibilities as a father to a 16-month-old daughter and his involvement with an internet-based business.
While Judge Leanne Clare SC sympathised with the Allora resident’s attempt to “juggle a lot of balls in the air”, she stressed the importance of paying compensation on time and fulfilling his debt to the community.
“A court order is not the last thing on a list of priorities,” Judge Clare said.
In Coker’s address to the court he stumbled his way through his outstanding compensation debt of $1711.30 and 150-hour debt to the community, which under the original order, was to be completed in 12 months.
That time has since expired.
The Crown Public Prosecutor corrected Coker’s under- estimation of his dues, and informed the court he had merely repaid $851 of the compensation and had a balance of 70.5 hours left owing to the community.
“Payments were received, but they related to other matters,” the prosecutor said.
This earnt a disconcerted look from Judge Clare, who said there was no point in fining Coker again as he “could pay, but chose not to”.
“You could understand Mr Coker the reasons why I don’t believe you,” Judge Clare said.
“The reason why you’re here is for dishonesty ... Dishonesty in what you’ve said and done.”
Coker was ordered to fulfil his community service obligation and was placed on probation.