FRESH FACED OFFENDERS: 9 Gympie teen crimes exposed
FROM a woman who went on a six-month, drug fuelled crime spree to a man who locked himself in a toilet to hide from police, here are nine Gympie region teenagers who have found themselves before the courts in recent years.
19yo meth addict racked up 40 charges in 6-month crime spree
A teenager who was in the "midst of a drug addiction" when she went on a crime spree cried as she faced the Gympie District Court on 40 charges earlier this year.
Chantslea Sue Curran, 19, was charged with two indictable offences, one count of supplying meth and one count of possessing a firearm, as well as 38 summary offences which included attempted fraud, ammunition possession, several driving offences, theft and more.
On January 19, this year at Victory Heights she was charged with supplying a dangerous drug, methamphetamines, after police pulled over a car she was a passenger in.
Police found a small amount of meth on the driver, and it was revealed that Curran had given it to the driver in exchange for a lift to Jones Hill.
Defence lawyer Jacob Robson said Curran was in the midst of a meth addiction and was using it daily when she committed some of the offences.
The court heard at the time of several of the offences Curran was dating an older man who encouraged drug use and she was also associating with "experienced criminals" who elevated her criminal activity from "opportunistic" to going on crime sprees.
CCTV footage also provided evidence for police to charge Curran with 15 driving offences over two days; between August 26-27, Curran was charged with five counts of driving without a licence and having never owned a licence at the time, five counts of driving an unregistered car, and five counts of driving an uninsured car.
Police find 'highly emotional' labourer locked in Bay toilet
A Gympie region teenager who smashed a TV and later tried to hide from police in a locked toilet was fined $850 in court this year.
On June 25, Kolbie Jae Sampson, then 18, let himself into his girlfriend's unlocked house while looking for her, but nobody was at the Tin Can Bay home.
Sampson rang his girlfriend's roommate to ask where she was, and when the roommate did not know he became angry.
Sampson then smashed the roommate's LCD television, destroying it, and went into her room and overturned a chest of drawers, causing $350 worth of damage.
Sampson kept trying to contact his victim and offered to pay back the $350.
The incident was reported to police and Sampson was charged with wilful and unlawful property damage, and released on bail on June 27, with one condition being that he did not return to the Tin Can Bay property.
A month later, on July 27, police were called to a domestic disturbance at the house, and found a "highly emotional" Sampson locked in a toilet.
The victim was not home when Sampson was found at the property, but he was taken to the Gympie watch-house and charged with breaching the bail condition.
'Typical drunken youths'
A drunk teenager caused a violent and disgusting scene at a family-friendly hotel when he urinated towards a children's play area and attacked a bartender.
Dylan James William Egan was cut off and told to drink water immediately after he entered The Deck at Sea Salt, Rainbow Beach, but that did not stop the then 18-year-old from behaving badly.
Egan and his friends were on a viewing deck which looked over a children's play area when Egan started urinating over the platform without warning, luckily missing the children below.
The Peregian Springs man was stopped by staff and became agitated, trying to run through screens into the kitchen, punching a bartender in the head when he tried to stop him.
Egan was restrained and taken outside where he took another shot at the bartender and landed a punch to his stomach.
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Gympie girl bit hospital security guard in waiting room
An 18-year-old woman bit a Gympie Hospital security guard as he tried to pull her away from a heated argument with a friend in April last year.
Rose Renee Whittaker had gone to the hospital with the friend just before noon on April 13, 2019 after the friend broke his foot during a separate dispute between the two, the Gympie Magistrates Court heard.
Whittaker then accidentally stood on the injured foot as they waited to be seen by the doctor, inciting their second row for the morning.
The court heard hospital staff then called in the security guard to help break up the "altercation".
Whittaker "reacted aggressively" and struggled with him as he tried to restrain her and escort her from the building.
The two of them fell to the floor and Whittaker bit into the guard's right hand, breaking his skin and drawing blood.
Prosecuting Sergeant Lisa Manns told the court Whittaker "eventually calmed down" and sat in a waiting chair with her friend and a different security guard until police arrived and told her to leave.
Gympie region teen faces court over stolen cars
Being 17 years old at the time of his first crime did not protect a Glenwood teenager from facing the full force of the law for his role in two car thefts.
Ryan Mitchell Kuhl, then 19, appeared in court last year supported by his family to plead guilty to two charges of unlawful use of a car.
The first, a red 1991 Daihatsu, was taken from outside the caravan of a 68-year-old Gympie retiree on June 10 last year at 7.20pm, and was found abandoned in Ada St two days later.
On June 20, this year a black 2003 Mercedes was taken from Goldfields shopping centre.
The car was seen driving in the Beerburrum State Forest at midday the following day, and later found dumped and on fire.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Lisa Manns said Kuhl told police he had been given the car in Caboolture by a friend.
He knew it had been stolen, she said, and drove it into the forest to get rid of it.
However, he crashed several times and the car "caught fire on its own".
Magistrate Chris Callaghan was left to decide whether Kuhl should be sentenced as a youth or adult, given his age at the time of the first offence.
Ultimately, he said there was no "undue delay" in Kuhl being charged over the Daihatsu as the fingerprints found were only recently matched with Kuhl.
"You didn't cause the arson, you've not been charged with it … (but) you were the cause of the damage to it (the car)."
"You've got to be responsible," he said.
Kuhl was given 15 months probation, but no conviction was recorded.
Gympie teen caught at 'shocking' speed on Bruce Highway
An 18-year-old driver caught travelling 25km/h over the Bruce Highway speed limit late last year was blasted in court for his "shocking history" with speeding.
The Gympie Magistrates Court heard earlier this year that Riley Colin Carkeet, then 18, was busted by police going 95km/h in a 70km/h zone on the highway at Glanmire on November 4, 2019.
Mr Callaghan questioned the teenager's actions, especially in light of his driving on a good behaviour period while on a provisional licence.
"You've got a really bad history for someone so young" on a P licence, speeding," Mr Callaghan said.
"You're on a one-point licence and you drive at 95 in a 70. Wow. Why?"
Carkeet was fined $400 and banned from driving for six months.
No conviction was recorded.
Reckless teen Gympie driver nearly killed himself and others
An 18-year-old Gympie region driver was slammed in court for risking his life and the lives of others when he crossed double white lines to overtake cars at 134km/h on the wrong side of the road.
Anthony Aaron Gevers, then 18, pleaded guilty last year to one charge of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, drawing the ire of Magistrate Chris Callaghan for "appalling" driving along the Mary Valley Rd at Amamoor on May 27, 2019.
The court was told Gevers had been driving his blue Toyota sedan in the outbound lane at 3.20pm when he approached an unmarked Gympie Road Policing Unit vehicle "at high speed".
Officers noticed Gevers in their rear-vision mirror before he overtook them on a solid white line and continued on at excessive speed.
They obtained his registration number and locked on his car with a mobile radar, clocking him travelling at 134km/h despite the 100km/h speed limit.
Gevers then approached another car near the Blackgate Rd intersection before crossing double white lines to overtake it.
Gevers's solicitor, Chris Anderson, said his client's excuse had been that he was simply "in a hurry to get home".
The magistrate said Gevers deserved to have his licence suspended for longer than six months, but the suspension would be kept in that time frame because he lived in a remote area.
"When you get your licence back you want to be a bit more careful - you'll lose it for longer if you don't kill yourself," Mr Callaghan said.
"Passing a double white line going up a hill is fraught with danger."
Teen abuses police helping stabbing victim
A teen who interfered with police and paramedics who were treating a person who had been stabbed in the back on New Year's Eve was fined in Gympie Magistrates Court earlier this year.
Harry James McGrath, then 19, was abusive to police and tried to hit out at an ambulance officer attending to the stabbing victim at 11.20pm on Rainbow Beach Rd, the court heard.
"If you c---- won't do your job, we'll do it for you," he was heard yelling at officers.
Magistrate Chris Callaghan acknowledged McGrath had nothing to do with the incident and no previous criminal history but said his behaviour on the night was "quite bad".
McGrath's lawyer said the teen had mixed medication he was on for a shoulder injury with alcohol on the evening.
"Intoxication by medicine and alcohol is no excuse," Magistrate Callaghan said.
He fined the Rainbow Beach teen $300 for obstructing police.
No conviction was recorded.
Teen steals surfboard, trampoline from Vinnies
A Gympie teenager who returned to steal from St Vinnies three times in one night was later busted driving illegally and with marijuana and glass pipes in her car.
At 7pm on May 25, Emily Jane Murfitt, then 19, and her co-accused were captured on CCTV pulling up outside the Gympie St Vinnies, and Murfitt could be seen getting out of the passenger seat and grabbing six bags of clothing and boxes with unknown items.
The pair returned again and again, and Murfitt was filmed loading several items into the car each time, including a mini trampoline, a baby seat, a surfboard, several more bags of clothing, a sleeping bag and more.
When police later found Murfitt and showed her the CCTV footage, she admitted to the theft but said most of the stolen items had been dumped, except for the trampoline which she was using as a dog bed.
On July 28, Murfitt was pulled over while driving at the Monkland, and when police searched her car they found a pouch with two glass pipes, one which was broken, and 0.3g of marijuana, which were seized.
Murfitt pleaded guilty in the Gympie Magistrates Court to stealing from St Vinnies, driving without a licence, unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of a glass pipe used in connection with smoking a dangerous drug, and failing to attend the police station to provide identifying particulars without reasonable excuse.
Murfitt was fined $500 and disqualified from driving or holding a licence for three months.
No convictions were recorded against her.