Key was nearly thrown away on legal dream



BRETT Russell Cunning- ham's dream of one day becom- ing a lawyer was almost shat- tered yesterday when a five- year-old crime came back to bite him.

The 22-year-old Rockhampton man was charged with fraud in May 2001 ? a charge which, if it led to a conviction, could have permanently stained his record and left him unable to practise law.

Yesterday he pleaded guilty to the charge in Rockhampton Magistrates Court.

Defence solicitor Brian McGowran said while Cunning- ham had finished high school and was not currently enrolled at university, he did hope to study law.

Mr McGowran said Cunning- ham, now a Rockhampton pizza store manager, had been in with the wrong crowd at the time of the offence.

Police prosecutor Senior Con- stable Kay Schick said Cun- ningham and a friend had used the driver's licence and AGC credit card of an acquaintance to acquire a car stereo worth more than $1800.

Senior Constable Schick said the pair had gone to Autobarn Rockhampton, where Cunning- ham signed paperwork for the stereo which his friend then kept.

He was tracked down and charged by the Rockhampton crime squad.

The court heard Cunningham was remorseful and had stopped getting into trouble af- ter deciding not to hang around that particular friend.

Magistrate Bronwyn Springer granted Cunningham's wish to not record a conviction, stating that the restitution of more than $1800 for the unrecovered stereo was enough punishment.

She told Cunningham that she hoped he would be a legal representative and not a defen- dant next time she saw him in court.

Cunningham was placed on a $400 good-behaviour bond.



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