Two years’ parole for more than 50 charges

A HERVEY Bay man will serve two years on parole for clocking up 56 charges after going on a spending spree with stolen bank cards.

Bobby Vincent Walsh pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Monday to more than 50 charges including fraud, breach of bail conditions and possessing dangerous drugs.

Police Prosecutor Senior Constable Tina Bland told the court that in January this year, Walsh had stolen a wallet at a caravan park before using the contained bank cards at various shops that night.

"The victim reported a wallet, cards and a money clip were stolen while camping at Pialba. They contacted the related banks, who said the cards had been used since the time they were stolen," Snr Const Bland said.

"On the fourth of the first (January) 2016 the bank cards were used by the defendant."

The prosecutor told the court cards from various banks had been used to make purchases of less than $100 at six different locations including petrol stations and an IGA.

Walsh's total spend that night was more than $260.

The court heard that for the next four months, Walsh was caught by police officers breaching his bail conditions by driving around Hervey Bay after his curfew.

The prosecutor added illegal drugs, namely marijuana, and drug-related tools were found during a number of separate police searches of Walsh's address.

Walsh also pleaded guilty to pawning tainted property, including a digital camera and a multi-appliance charger, to Cash Converters and a Maryborough Pawn shop.

Wearing a suit his aunty had picked out for him, Walsh appeared in court after spending 48 days in pre-sentence custody.

His defence lawyer John Milburn said his client had learning difficulties as well as a drug problem.

"Mr Walsh is a person who has dual issues; a diagnosis of drug issues and mental health issues," Mr Milburn said.

"He is on a disability support pension as he has learning difficulties."

Mr Milburn suggested his client should be able to continue working with the Maryborough Alcohol and Other Drugs Support service. Magistrate Graeme Tatnell agreed rehabilitation would be an appropriate solution for Walsh.

"Obviously it was not easy spending 48 days in the Maryborough Correctional Facility," Mr Tatnell said.

"I offer a further period of probation, and that period is of two years."



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