Cheques no good

WRITING two cheques that were dishonoured resulted in a Cooloola Cove woman being placed on a bond to be of good behaviour for two years with a recognisance of $1500.

Jennifer Lee Smith, 34 of Nina Crt, pleaded guilty in Gympie Magistrates Court to the June 6 offence at a Gympie business.

The court heard the two cheques totalled $738.90, and while the goods had been returned, they had been used and could not be re-sold.

Duty solicitor Greg Wildie said his client had been expecting money to go into her account that would have covered the cheques but the money had not been deposited.

He said the offence was his client's reaction to hearing some distressing news.

Mr Wildie said the complainant told his client she had to pay the money back or they would go to the police.

"She has got rid of her cheque account to make sure this can not happen again," he said.

"It's a sad and unfortunate case."

Magistrate Maxine Baldwin told Smith: "you have a similar charge five years ago".

"When things get tough, you go off the rails."

Smith was given until November 13, 2012, to repay the $738.90.

"I hope you get whatever assistance you need," Mrs Baldwin said.

Gympie Times


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