Good Samaritan cops a court fine
A COMPASSIONATE woman who gave an illiterate Northern Territory youth a job appeared in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
Rossana Winters employed the boy at the Frenchville Food Store, and was prosecuted by Queensland Health for failing to ensure an employee did not sell tobacco to an underage person after he sold cigarettes to a 17-year-old.
The single mother pleaded guilty to the charge, but said she had told him not to sell tobacco to minors.
Ms Winters had not asked her employee to sign a work form stating he was aware of the law because she was waiting for his family to arrive in Rockhampton from NT and read the form to him.
The court heard the boy had only worked for Ms Winters for one month.
Ms Winters's lawyer said she was at the store when the sale occurred, but was unaware of it.
The court heard she was working late hours because of financial difficulties and was raising a nine-month-old child on her own.
Magistrate Annette Hennessy fined Ms Winters $373 and the business that was running the corner store, Port Bradbury Pty Ltd, $6073.
She told Ms Winters she seemed to be an “extremely hard-working person” and did not record a conviction.
Ms Winters no longer runs the store.