Hmm if you are
subsequently tried for a crime committed as a child what
would normally be the procedure I wonder.....
John-Rae Ross Todd, 27, was found himself
in handcuffs at 630am on Wednesday after Taskforce Maxima
detectives raided his home and confiscated the “Todd Road”
sign on show in his kitchen.
A shocked Todd told detectives the Tweed
Shire Council sign had been gifted to him by his father who
passed away 15 years ago.
Despite the explanation the stocky,
heavily tattooed man was taken to the Southport Watchhouse
where he spent the night.
Yesterday he faced the Southport
Magistrates Court after police charged him with receiving
tainted property and claimed he was a bikie.
Under the new Vicious Lawless Association
Disestablishment Act, the otherwise minor charge attracts a
standard court penalty plus a mandatory 15 years jail
But solicitor Michael Gatenby was quick to
dispute the bikie allegations, arguing his client would have
been 12 when he received the sign.
After a flurry of discussion behind closed
doors, police prosecutions withdrew the bikie allegations
and the pending jail term.
Instead Magistrate Kerry Magee applied the
usual penalty structure, convicting and fining him just
She further ordered the sign be forfeited
and returned to the council.
Mr Gatenby said his client was pleased
with the result but upset to lose his “family heirloom”.
“He was extremely upset it has been taken
from him as it held sentimental value but he understands he
has to comply with the order,” he said.
John-Rae Ross Todd, 27, found himself in
handcuffs at 6.30am on Wednesday after Taskforce Maxima
detectives raided his home and confiscated a “Todd Road”
The bikie allegations were withdrawn but
Todd was convicted for receiving and fined $100. The sign