Christopher Travis Lee Tremaine hugs a supporter as he leaves the Rockhampton watchhouse.
Christopher Travis Lee Tremaine hugs a supporter as he leaves the Rockhampton watchhouse.

Thief stole while on ‘speed'

AS two people lay asleep in a Rockhampton motel room, Christopher Travis Lee Tremaine crept into their room and stole their belongings.

The 24-year-old was affected by methamphetamines and said he had little recollection of entering the room and taking a backpack, some car keys and a half-full bottle of rum.

He then drove away in their vehicle.

This is just one of the incidents that landed Tremaine in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court last Monday.

He pleaded guilty to 12 charges, including five counts of fraud and two of assault or obstructing a police officer.

On March 25 police were called to the Fitzroy Motel in Rockhampton where the manager told officers Tremaine had been increasingly abusive towards his staff.

When police talked to Tremaine, who was clearly under the influence of methamphetamines, he alternated between calm rational behaviour and irrational and aggressive.

At one point he exclaimed that he was thirsty and used his shoulder to barge past police officers, causing one officer to take a step back.

He then resisted when police were arresting him and continued to be verbally abusive, using foul language.

On April 6 Tremaine acquired a Westpac credit card under someone else's name and used it at various service stations around Rockhampton, buying grocery items.

He racked up a bill of $665.93. All the while, Tremaine was on a probation order for driving while under the influence and unaccompanied on his learner licence in Mackay in January.

A probation officer said Tremaine had stopped reporting in March and had not participated in any ordered counselling or paid the necessary fees.

Duty lawyer Katina Perren said Tremaine had not intended to bump the police officer with his shoulder during the incident outside the Fitzroy Motel but had simply wanted to get away from the road as he was embarrassed.

Ms Perren said Tremaine had been released from prison on October 1 last year and had trouble coping with life on the outside.

She said he had become frustrated that his lack of income had thwarted his attempts to get his life back on track.

He had intended enrolling in courses to allow him to work in the mines but hadn't been able to afford the fees.

Ms Perren said Tremaine was feeling let down and not supported in his attempts to cope with life outside prison.

Magistrate Annette Hennessy fined Tremaine $1850, sentenced him to six months imprisonment with immediate parole and ordered he pay $665.93 restitution to Westpac Bank.



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