Jealous dad jailed for 000 hoax call, credit card fraud
A FATHER who made a jealousy-fuelled hoax call to 000, claiming his girlfriend was on drugs and abusing her kids, has been jailed and fined $2000.
Lucas Ryan Stuart-Holmes, 21, pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court today to the improper use of an emergency call service, attempted fraud, fraud and enter premises and commit indictable offence.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Tina Bland said Stuart-Holmes made the call to 000 on September 5, telling the operator his girlfriend had been on meth and abusing her kids.
But, in reality, she was spending time with another man - a decision which made Stuart-Holmes jealous.
Defence lawyer Lavonda Maloy said her client realised it was a "stupid" decision soon after the call was made, and later that same evening reported to police that he'd made the false report.
But his lesson on morality didn't last long.
A month later, Stuart-Holmes used a credit card stolen from a car parked at Coles on Takalvan St to buy "tobacco products" from a newsagent and tobacconist.
It was only when Stuart-Holmes tried to buy $79.50 worth of alcohol at BWS that the card declined.
When he came clean to police, he said he'd "been told to do it by another male who had a knife".
Mrs Maloy said her client was a father of two who had struggled with ice use since he was 17.
"He was jealous of his girlfriend spending time with another man and made the false report, and instructs there was no reason to do so but it was 'stupid'," Mrs Maloy said.
Magistrate Gary Finger said the crimes were "obviously driven by drug use".
"Police have better things to do than take hoax calls from people who are drinking and taking drugs or want to get back at their girlfriend," Mr Finger said.
Stuart-Holmes was sentenced to six months in jail, with parole eligibility on May 18. He was fined $2000, and ordered to pay $168.77 restitution.