Adrian Robert Newman, Roy Andrew Hearn, David Josic, Vilmar Alves De Paula, Anthony John Pedersen, Douglas Robert Wood, Denice Kay Taylor and Deborah Louise Mountford had some of the strangest excuses for their illegal behaviour in 2020. Picture: Social media/file.
Adrian Robert Newman, Roy Andrew Hearn, David Josic, Vilmar Alves De Paula, Anthony John Pedersen, Douglas Robert Wood, Denice Kay Taylor and Deborah Louise Mountford had some of the strangest excuses for their illegal behaviour in 2020. Picture: Social media/file.

Top 11 strangest reasons behind Coast crimes

Frompants full of ants to a crop of marijuana that just "popped" up, some of the excuses heard in courtrooms across the Sunshine Coast are worth recapturing.

Here are this year's top excuses:

TEEN BASHED AFTER REFUSING TO SHARE HIS LIGHTER

A young man was picked up and dropped on the ground before he had a jumper pulled over his head and was punched several times.

The result: a black eye and cuts to his face and foot.

The reason: a lighter.

Casey James Schafer, 21, was sentenced to 18 months probation and ordered to pay the victim $500 in compensation after he pleaded guilty to the assault in Maroochydore Magistrates Court.

The court heard Schafer picked on the young victim when his friend refused to give him a lighter outside the Beerwah Hotel in May last year.

No conviction was recorded.

 

Casey James Schafer, 21, was placed on probation for a fight in a Beerwah street. Picture: social media.
Casey James Schafer, 21, was placed on probation for a fight in a Beerwah street. Picture: social media.

BEACH MASTURBATOR SAYS HE HAD ANTS IN HIS PANTS

There are arguably plenty of hazards at the beach.

Ants in the sand is not usually one of them.

But Roy Andrew Hearn, 46, had a different story.

Police prosecutor Stephen Potter told the court Hearn was caught sitting on a chair with his penis exposed at Coolum Beach on November 13 and his right hand "stroking up and down in a vigorous motion".

He had been at the beach for an hour and was fixated on a woman suntanning.

"The defendant stated that during his time at the beach he must have sat on some ants and they climbed on his groin area," Sgt Potter said.

Hearn was fined $700 after he pleaded guilty to committing an indecent act in public.

No conviction was recorded.

Duty lawyer Jason Todman said Hearn was remorseful for his behaviour and "very apologetic" that he exposed himself to the woman.

Outside court, Hearn had only this to say: "Ants in my pants? I don't know what you're talking about."

Roy Andrew Hearn has been fined for masturbating on the beach. Picture: Felicity Ripper
Roy Andrew Hearn has been fined for masturbating on the beach. Picture: Felicity Ripper

STALKER PLAYS WITH PENIS ON BALCONY FOR 70YO WOMAN

Talking about interesting excuses, Vilmar Alves De Paula had one of his own.

The 63-year-old stalker decided to play with his penis every time he saw a 70-year-old woman from his Caloundra unit balcony between September 2 last year to January 29.

The reason?

"The defendant stated after seeing up the victim's skirt one day last year, he decided he would show her his penis," police prosecutor Mark Burrell told court.

And his defence told the court he would have stopped if he had realised the victim was distressed.

De Paula pleaded guilty in Caloundra Magistrates to stalking and wilful exposure.

He was sentenced him to a good behaviour bond of $1000 for one year.

No convictions were recorded.

 

Vilmar Alves De Paula was given a good behaviour bond for stalking and exposing his genitalia to a 70-year-old woman. Picture: Lucy Rutherford.
Vilmar Alves De Paula was given a good behaviour bond for stalking and exposing his genitalia to a 70-year-old woman. Picture: Lucy Rutherford.

COAST MUM CLAIMS MARIJUANA PLANTS 'POPPED UP' IN YARD

A Coast mum busted with more than 20 marijuana plants claimed she grew the drug after it kept "popping up randomly" in her backyard.

Police uncovered 21 plants, ranging from seedlings to 1m heights, in the Warana backyard of Deborah Louise Mountford, 47.

The court heard the plants were "popping up randomly" in her garden, and while she had previously been disposing them of, she decided to let them grow and watered them after learning they would help her sleep.

Mountford pleaded guilty in Maroochydore Magistrates Court in December to producing marijuana and permitting use of place - possessing dangerous drugs.

She was sentenced to a $800 good behaviour bond for 12 months.

No convictions were recorded.

 

Deborah Mountford pleaded guilty to producing marijuana in Maroochydore Magistrates Court. Picture: Social media.
Deborah Mountford pleaded guilty to producing marijuana in Maroochydore Magistrates Court. Picture: Social media.

NO COUGHING MATTER

We think this overprotective mum takes the cake.

Denice Kay Taylor showed "abhorrent" behaviour when she coughed in the face of her victim while COVID-19 pandemic restrictions were widely known.

The mother was returning an incorrect coffee order at the Coffee Club Caloundra on July 13 when she coughed three times in the vicinity her victim.

The reason: She was "displeased" by the way her son had been treated by the victim and her friends, who asked Taylor and her 23-year-old son to move away.

Taylor, 52, pleaded guilty in Caloundra Magistrates Court to common assault.

Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist said the behaviour was unnecessary and fined the mum $500.

No conviction was recorded.

 

Denice Kay Taylor leaves Caloundra Magistrates Court after copping a fine for her
Denice Kay Taylor leaves Caloundra Magistrates Court after copping a fine for her "abhorrent" behaviour. Picture: Laura Pettigrew.

MUM THOUGHT WEED CROP WAS LEGAL

This Coast mother of twins, who was found with a crop of marijuana and other drug related items had one of the most interesting reasons for her illegal behaviour.

She thought it was legal.

Samantha Leigh Lalic pleaded guilty in Maroochydore Magistrates Court to producing drugs, possessing utensils and property used in the commission of a crime after police found medium to high marijuana plants and drug items including a grinder, scales, grow tent, cone piece and containers with residue in her possession.

Police alleged in documents before court there were 17 plants.

Duty lawyer Michael Robinson told the court Lalic thought her crop was legal.

Magistrate Baldwin fined Lalic $600 and no convictions were recorded.

 

Samantha Leigh Lalic pleaded guilty in Maroochydore Magistrates Court after police searched her house on October 16. Picture: Social media.
Samantha Leigh Lalic pleaded guilty in Maroochydore Magistrates Court after police searched her house on October 16. Picture: Social media.

TEEN CAUGHT GROWING WEED CROP TO HELP SORE FOOT

A sore foot was an 18-year-old's reason for growing marijuana on a Currimundi property.

Adrian Robert Newman pleaded guilty in Caloundra Magistrates Court to charges including producing and possessing dangerous drugs after police on September 2 after police found a marijuana plant growing in the backyard, another hanging in the bedroom, 12g of marijuana in a glass jar, four glass vials and four water pipes at the property.

The IGA employee said he was smoking the drug for medical purposes.

"I broke my heel in Year 7, I've got metal plates and screws in my foot for the rest of my life," he said.

Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist fined Newman $600.

No conviction was recorded.

 

Adrian Robert Newman pleaded guilty in Caloundra Magistrates Court to producing and possessing dangerous drugs, possessing utensils or pipes that had been used and possessing anything used in the commission of a crime. Picture: Social media.
Adrian Robert Newman pleaded guilty in Caloundra Magistrates Court to producing and possessing dangerous drugs, possessing utensils or pipes that had been used and possessing anything used in the commission of a crime. Picture: Social media.

MAN IN HOT WATER FOR STEALING BAKERY'S WATER SYSTEM

A 67-year-old Coast man landed in hot water after he disconnected and stole a water system from Richie's Bakery on May 16.

But why, you ask?

The Court heard Springall told police he stole the system because he couldn't afford to fix his own.

CCTV footage captured Springall using his car and trailer to steal the system from the Tewantin business.

Lawrence Robert Springall pleaded guilty in Noosa Magistrates Court to one count of stealing.

Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist said Springall had landed himself in "hot water" and sentenced him to a $900 good behaviour bond for 12 months.

 

Lawrence Robert Springall pleaded guilty in Noosa Magistrates Court to one count of stealing after he took a hot water system from a Coast Bakery on May 16. Picture: Laura Pettigrew.
Lawrence Robert Springall pleaded guilty in Noosa Magistrates Court to one count of stealing after he took a hot water system from a Coast Bakery on May 16. Picture: Laura Pettigrew.

P-PLATER'S MACCAS'S RUNS ENDS IN FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE FAIL

A P-plater drove through a hedge before getting stuck on a wall while on his way to McDonalds.

Why?

He wanted to make use of his four-wheel drive, a court heard.

Douglas Robert Wood pleaded guilty in Maroochydore Magistrates Court to driving a vehicle while over the no alcohol limit as a holder of a provisional licence.

Wood drove his white HiLux Ute onto a small concrete wall along Brisbane Rd in Mooloolaba.

Wood later blew a blood alcohol reading of 0.039.

He was fined $350 and disqualified from driving for three months.

 

Douglas Robert Wood pleaded guilty in Maroochydore Magistrates Court to driving a vehicle while over the no alcohol limit as a holder of a provisional license. Picture: Social media.
Douglas Robert Wood pleaded guilty in Maroochydore Magistrates Court to driving a vehicle while over the no alcohol limit as a holder of a provisional license. Picture: Social media.

'COVID PHONE' DRIVES THREATS TO SMASH COP SHOP

A Caloundra man, unhappy about a Coast police station's opening hours, threatened to use a sledgehammer to smash the building.

Anthony John Pedersen pleaded guilty in Caloundra Magistrates Court to one count of threatening violence by words after he made threats to smash the blue phone and windows of the Caloundra Police Station with a sledgehammer.

Pedersen attended the police station to report for bail conditions on May 4, but became agitated when the station was closed.

Why did he not just use the station's phone to report instead?

For fear of the COVID-19, a court heard.

Pedersen was on bail for more serious charges in the Maroochydore court.

Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist fined Pedersen $700 for the threats.

A conviction was recorded.

 

Anthony John Pedersen pleaded guilty in the Caloundra Magistrates Court to one count of threatening violence by words after he made threats to damage the Caloundra Police Station on May 4. Picture: Laura Pettigrew.
Anthony John Pedersen pleaded guilty in the Caloundra Magistrates Court to one count of threatening violence by words after he made threats to damage the Caloundra Police Station on May 4. Picture: Laura Pettigrew.

'I'LL KILL YOU': NOISY HOUNDS PROMPT VIOLENT THREATS

Everyone can get a bit frustrated over a noisy pup.

But David Josic, 56, just took it a step too far.

Josic threatened to kill his neighbour's children if they failed to stop the dog from barking while standing on the fence line of his property on October 10.

Josic was frustrated for himself and his ill mother who was disturbed by the noise.

He later obstructed police when they tried to arrest him.

Josic pleaded guilty to obstructing police and one count of public nuisance.

Magistrate Rod Madsen said it was not the right way for Josic to respond to the dog's behaviour.

He was fined $500 for the public nuisance offence and $450 for obstructing police.

Convictions were recorded.

 

David Josic pleaded leaving Maroochydore Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to obstructing police and public nuisance. Picture: Laura Pettigrew.
David Josic pleaded leaving Maroochydore Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to obstructing police and public nuisance. Picture: Laura Pettigrew.