A decision to steal $50 worth of chocolates that were never eaten has cost a Ballarat man hundreds of dollars in fines.
An honest friend dobbed Grant Kallus into police after he knew Kallus did not have the money to pay for the chocolate and disposable razors he stole from a service station in July, the Ballarat Magistrates’ Court heard.
Kallus, who pleaded guilty to theft from shop, was convicted and fined $400.
His lawyer, Kylie Moloney, told the court the offending occurred during an alcohol relapse, but he was very apologetic for his behaviour.
A 28-YEAR-OLD Ballarat woman who hit her ex-partner after she found him with her best friend has escaped a conviction.
The court heard the woman became aggressive after she found her friend with an ex-partner on a couch together. The woman slapped her ex in the face before picking up a rock and throwing it at her friend’s car.
Her lawyer told the court she took responsibility for her actions and was remorseful. She also offered to pay for any damages. The woman, who pleaded guilty to the offences, was fined $1000 without conviction.
“This is how domestic homicides commence,” magistrate Cynthia Toose warned her.
“This was the wrong way of going about (discussing the issue).”
A BALLARAT man with 15 priors for unlicensed driving and 32 priors for driving while suspended or disqualified risks imprisonment, a court has heard.
Timothy McDonald will be sentenced on another two unlicensed driving charges, in addition to six further offences including possessing cannabis on Monday.
McDonald’s lawyer, Mike Wardell, told the court his client came to court with the money to lodge an application to get his licence back, something he has struggled with until now – and an important element he believed would stop any future charges for unlicensed driving.
McDonald risks a warrant being issued if he does not appear in court on Monday.
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