Warning people to be on the lookout for counterfeit $50 notes in the region.
Warning people to be on the lookout for counterfeit $50 notes in the region. Alistair Brightman

Opioid addict used fake notes for cigarettes

A MAN who used counterfeit $50 notes to buy goods in Yeppoon had an opioid addiction

Joshua McDonald, 27, has since spent his first period in jail, giving him a wake-up call.

McDonald was sentenced in November 2016 to a two-year good behaviour bond and two-year probation order for three charges of using counterfeit money to buy goods and two of possess counterfeit money.

However, he committed seven new offences during the bond period, failed to attend probation appointments 12 times and only started going after his time in the big house.

McDonald spent three months in prison after being sentenced in February 2018 for drug and trespass offences.

He faced Rockhampton Magistrates Court on August 14 for re-sentencing for the counterfeit charges which came after he used $50 notes with no serial numbers and Chinese writing on them to buy a sausage roll from a bakery and a packet of cigarettes from Woolworths along with grocery items in October 2016.

When police spoke to him about that, he still had $700 of counterfeit money on him.

The court heard he told police a friend had given him $1000 of counterfeit notes.

Defence lawyer Caitlin Dee said when McDonald was young, his father suicided and his mother was a drug and alcohol abuser.

McDonald addressed the court, saying he'd had a wake-up call going to prison: "I really don't want to go back to jail.

"I do want to get my life sorted out ... I'm seeking new friends and a new way of life."

He said an older man had recently taken him under his wing, teaching him how to do things around his property.

The court heard McDonald, who has been attending drug counselling, has a SPER debt in excess of $19,000.

Magistrate Cameron Press ordered him to 12 months' jail, wholly suspended for three years, along with $1000 good behaviour bond.



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