A MAN has been fined for being in possession of stolen goods after he claimed to have bought it “off Jim who was moving to South Australia”.
Luke Sammuel Boddington Needle pleaded guilty to possession of stolen or unlawfully obtained property when he appeared at Rockingham magistrates Court on Monday.
The prosecutor said a twin axle trailer worth $5000 was stolen from a Dampier Drive home in Golden Bay between September 20 and 21.
He said Boddington Needle said he saw it advertised and he bought it for $2000 from a man called Jim who was moving to South Australia.
He told police he loaned $2000 from his brother to buy the trailer.
Further checking by police revealed his brother had not lent him that amount of money.
His brother said he did give Boddington Needle a much smaller amount of money to help him pay his electricity bill.
The duty lawyer said Boddington Needle accepted the facts and could not verify how he got the trailer.
Magistrate Vivien Edwards ordered return of the trailer and fined him $750.