Three years on the run ends

STANTHORPE police this week nabbed a Casino man who had been on the run for more than three years.

Damien Colin Weston was taken into police custody on Monday and was in the Warwick Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Weston was finally brought to justice after the vehicle the 37-year-old was travelling in was intercepted by Stanthorpe police while they were re-directing traffic at an accident scene on Monday.

This week he pleaded guilty to a total of eight criminal charges, including possessing tainted property, drug charges, driving while disqualified and breaching bail.

The court heard in November 2007 in Townsville, Weston was found to be in possession of less than 1gm of methylamphetamine.

Two months later, a search uncovered a stash of stolen goods at Weston's home, including an iPod, Navman and a data projector that was stolen from a school.

Weston told police the data projector - valued at $2500 - was at his home when he was released from jail and he used it to play Xbox.

He denied stealing the iPod and told police he had purchased it for $490.

Serial numbers on the device identified it as one that had been stolen.

In April of 2008, police seized a mobile phone belonging to Weston, which the court heard had messages that indicated he was involved in drug activity.

On April 11, 2008 Weston was found driving with his partner and two children in the car, despite being on a five-year license suspension.

Just two days later he was again caught behind the wheel and told police he had taken over from his partner when she got tired and needed to rest.

The court heard Wilson knew he would be sentenced to a jail term for the offences and decided not to appear and face the charges as a result.

He was sentenced to 13 months jail and will be eligible for parole on April 13, next year.

Weston was also disqualified from driving for a two-year period.



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