Former mine worker used stolen bank card to buy smokes

A MAN who used a stolen Commonwealth Bank card to buy food and cigarettes from a convenience store has been fined in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court.

Hervey Bay's Rhys Gregory Constable, 22, was captured on CCTV footage using the stolen card to buy items from a Night Owl store in Hervey Bay on July 4.

On the first occasion, he bought cigarettes and he later returned to the store to buy food and more cigarettes, the court heard.

Police searched Constable's home, recovering the bank card and a health card belonging to the victim.

The court heard Constable was unable to tell police how he had come by the items.

Defence lawyer John Milburn said Constable was supported in court by his fiancée and his mother. He said his client regretted his actions and knew it was unlikely he would get away with the acts of fraud.

Mr Milburn described the crimes as "opportunistic" and said his client had only used the card twice and for small purcha-ses.

Mr Milburn said Constable had been working in the mines but his job had finished after the company he was working for failed in a bid for a government contract.

Constable had since found work in Hervey Bay and had plans to be self-employed as a subcontractor, the court heard.

Constable was fined $750 and was ordered to pay restitution of $162.62.



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