Outrage over faulty phone

A FAULTY public telephone in the township of Kilkivan frustrated Robert Earl Thompson to the point where he blamed the wrong people for not fixing it.

Thompson, 53, initially reported the fault to the Post Office but was told it had nothing to do with the phone box.

On more than one occasion he became quite aggressive. Police were called to address the situation on May 28.

A week prior to this, officers spoke to Thompson at the front door of his Bligh Street home about another matter and noticed a bong on the table.

Thompson was charged with possession of a utensil used in connection with a dangerous drug on May 21 and committing a public nuisance on May 28.

In Gympie Magistrates Court, defence lawyer Greg Wildie said his client was frustrated because no one was “particularly concerned about the faulty telephone and he had no other way to make a call”.

The court heard Thompson was two months out from having a suspended sentence hanging over his head, which was “lucky for him” because he was at no risk of having the sentence activated.

Gympie Magistrate Maxine Baldwin ascertained that Thompson had not been drinking at the time of the offence and the phone had since been fixed.

She fined him $400.

Gympie Times

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