Mount Isa Magistrates Court hears that $3000 was found in a Pioneer park

The Gardner Street park. Dempsey said this was where he found $3000.
The Gardner Street park. Dempsey said this was where he found $3000.

A 24-YEAR-OLD man charged with stealing told Mount Isa police he found $3000 at a park in Pioneer. 

Trinsten Christopher Dempsey pleaded guilty to stealing in the Mount Isa Magistrates Court on Monday. 

Police prosecutor Sergeant Karen Hall told the court that police received a warrant to search a Mount Isa property, where they found around $2650. 

Dempsey was charged with theft but in March he said the money was found in the Gardner Street park. 

“He was planning to buy cannabis and household items with it,” Sergeant Hall said. 

“He started spending the money.” 

Solicitor Michael Corbin, of the Mount Isa Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service, said nobody claimed the money was theirs. 

“There doesn’t seem to be a victim per say in relation to the matter,” he said. 

The person who owned the money was unknown and therefore had lost the opportunity to have the $3000 returned. 

Magistrate Stephen Guttridge said that Dempsey will have to pay a $700 fine. 

“I make a forfeiture order with the money which means you don’t get it back,” Mr Guttridge said. 

“No worries,” the defendant said.