Australia's 'Casanova Truckie's' $50k run ends in Gympie
A MAN whose predation on vulnerable women earned him the tag "Casanova Truckie" faces more than three years jail after his appearance in Gympie Magistrates Court yesterday.
Magistrate Chris Callaghan said only a higher court could adequately punish David Maxwell Moore for the damage he caused to people who trusted him, particularly the women he met through online dating sites.
Mr Callaghan remanded Moore in custody to appear in Gympie District Court next year.
The nationally notorious Moore pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $50,000 in his latest series of nearly 40 Queensland offences.
That is on top of a career in which he accumulated more than 90 convictions, mostly in Victoria, where he had accumulated a record of 47 serious offences, police told Gympie Magistrates Court.
The latest offences included multiple counts of theft, fraud, forgery, receiving and possessing tainted property and a long list of disqualified driving charges, all committed over a large area of southern Queensland. He also pleaded guilty to misusing a phone service to menace, harass or offend and fraudulently falsifying a document. Police told the court Moore had served significant periods of jail for dishonesty and disqualified driving offences.
He had stolen $7000 worth of equipment from his employer in Moonie and had also ripped off the people to whom he sold the tainted goods. He had taken $4000 from a vulnerable financially desperate woman who was struggling to meet her house payments, telling her the money would pay for the services of a mortgage broker he claimed to know.
"There was quite a degree of planning in some of the fraud offences," prosecutor Mick Phillips told the court.
He had also stolen from a Surfers Paradise hotel room jewellery and cash belonging to a woman he had met online.
"I'm guilty, Your Honour," Moore repeated as Mr Callaghan read out the list of charges. They included stealing a fuel card at Arundel and using it five times at the Gold Coast, dishonestly obtaining $9000 at One Mile, stealing jewellery and money worth $5000 at Surfers Paradise, disqualified driving on six occasions at the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, stealing two motorcycles, falsifying a Queensland Transport document, causing financial loss to his employer at Moonie, stealing as a servant, dishonestly obtaining money at Moonie and Coolum and possessing two motorcycles at Widgee.
Then followed more disqualified driving charges at Widgee, Gympie, Willowbank, Coolum, Southside and Banyo and misusing a phone service.
Sgt Phillips said police would be seeking $47,832.45 restitution on behalf of a number of different victims and over a series of several offences. Moore's legal representative told the court Moore had experienced a difficult time in jail, including being assaulted.
But Mr Callaghan said: "Without corroboration, I would find it difficult to believe a word your client says."
"Society needs to be protected. Vulnerable women need to be protected for a significant amount of time," he said, predicting a sentence of more than the three-year magistrates court maximum.