Charleville man on incest charge sentenced for having handcuffs
A Charleville man who is also facing incest charges has pleaded guilty to a separate summary offence of possessing a restricted item.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had his house searched by police at 12.15pm on November 27, 2020.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Caroline Boodnikoff told the Charleville Magistrates Court on March 9 that a set of handcuffs and keys were found in a black pouch.
“The defendant stated that he was just messing around in the bedroom,” Sergeant Boodnikoff said.
Solicitor Chelsea Saldumbide told the court that the defendant had the handcuffs for about 18 years, when he had a previous girlfriend.
“He did not know those types of handcuffs would put him in a place that he’s committing an offence,” Ms Saldumbide said.
“He openly admits that he’s been subject to a few search warrants where they’ve always been out in the open on the table in there, and not seized.”
Magistrate Peter Saggers took into account the defendant's plea of guilty and the fact he didn’t know it was illegal to have them and he possessed them for some time.
He was fined $250 and ordered to forfeit the handcuffs, and a conviction was recorded.
As for the alleged incest, Ms Saldumbide told the court the matter is likely to fall off the court list and is likely to go through a registry committal.