Run from law ends in Gympie

YOU can run but you can’t hide, a former north-Queensland woman learned when she was spotted in Gympie and arrested on an eight-year-old warrant by an officer who had transferred from the Mackay Police District.

In custody for other matters, Denise Ellen Egan, 48, appeared in the Gympie Magistrates Court dock to plead guilty to charges of break and enter, stealing and wilful damage, that she committed in June 2002 while living at Grasstree Beach.

The court heard Egan and an accomplice had broken into a house and stolen coins, jewellery, clothing, food and cutlery in early June and later that month she smashed a glass window of the Dysart Community Training Centre.

When police attended Egan’s Grasstree Beach home on June 21, 2002, in relation to a disturbance, she refused to open her door and was charged with obstructing police. They returned to question Egan a couple of days later and that was when they noticed the stolen property in her possession.

“It was an unlucky coincidence for (Egan) that the arresting officer had transferred to Gympie, was on patrols and recognised the defendant,” police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns said.

On sentencing, Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said she “obviously” couldn’t take into account an early plea of guilty and convicted and sentenced Egan to three months in jail to be eligible for parole on April 3 for break and entering and stealing.

Egan was sentenced to one month in jail for failing to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court in August 2002, seven days in jail for obstructing police and 14 days jail for wilful damage.

Gympie Times


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