Fugitive gets day in court

WITH a long list of charges against him, Craig William Impey fled instead of facing the music in Gympie Magistrates Court last year.

He handed himself in to police this week after more than five months on the run and was charged with failing to appear, as well as the original charges he was granted bail for, including wilful damage, assaulting police, obstructing police and drugs and driving offences.

Deemed an obvious flight risk, Impey was kept in custody and appeared in the court dock to deal with his charges.

“You knew you did the wrong thing. Five months later is a serious length of time. (The penalty) reflects how serious I take not turning up to court,” Magistrate Maxine Baldwin told Impey, 35.

The court heard Impey’s behaviour at the Gold Nugget Caravan Park on the night of July 25, 2009, resulted in the original charges and he was sentenced to a maximum of two months in prison suspended for two years for each of those offences. Impey, of Bruce Highway, Gympie, was also fined $200 for driving unlicensed on June 7.

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