Mandurah man lands fine after dodgy Gumtree purchase

A MANDURAH man was stung by a dodgy Gumtree deal that landed him in court and earned him a $500 fine.

The man bought a MacBook Air from the website, but it turned out it was stolen from a car parked at Reading Cinema in November, 2016.

He pleaded guilty to possessing stolen property and possession of a prohibited weapon on April 11.

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The prosecutor told the court police had executed a search warrant on his home on February 24.

While there, they found a retractable baton and the stolen laptop.

Counsel for the accused Michelle Cox said her client was an IT professional who buys and sells computers “quite often”.

Ms Cox said her client believed the baton was left at the house following a fancy dress party.

She applied for a spent conviction for her client as it was a first offence and could impact on his ability to do his job.

Magistrate Anne Longden fined him $500 and granted the spent conviction.