Car swap ran out of gas

By MIKARLA THURECHT ? A ROCKHAMPTON woman and her brother-in-law hatched a plan to report a car stolen after a deal to swap it went wrong.

The Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday heard Jason Lloyd Leicht, 27, of Rockhampton, and his sisterin-law reported the car stolen after its buyer reneged on a deal.

The court was told Leicht owned the 1988 Holden but it was registered in his sisterin-law's name when he agreed to swap it for another car.

The other car was supposed to be repaired as part of the deal.

When it was not fixed, the pair decided to report the Holden stolen.

Police prosecutor Darrell Dalton said Leicht had represented himself as the owner of the car while making the deal.

Leicht yesterday still pleaded guilty to stealing the car.

Defence solicitor Stephanie Nicholas said Leicht had decided to plead guilty against legal advice to get the matter behind him.

She said Leicht was trying to make sure the sister-in-law would not get into trouble for making a false complaint to police.

Magistrate Bronwyn Springer said while Leicht had previous history for dishonesty offences, she noted nobody had been left out of pocket as a result of the deal.

The cars were both returned to their original owners.

Leicht was fined $500 and ordered to perform 140 hours of community service.

He still lives with his sisterin-law.



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