News

Mum dobs in son's meth lab: court

Silhouette of scales of Lady Justice holding scales
Silhouette of scales of Lady Justice holding scales Comstock

A RAID of a Loch St home on October 17 last year found drug laboratory paraphernalia and stolen alcohol, and saw a 19-year-old charged with multiple charges.

Kenneth James Bateman pleaded guilty to charges ranging from possessing tainted property to unlawful possession of anything used in the commission of a crime in the Emerald Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Kevin Ongheen told the court a warrant search executed at Mr Bateman's parents' house found utensils used to manufacture methamphetamines.

Sgt Ongheen said police found iodine pills and a phone belonging to Mr Bateman with text messages on it which police believe he used to contact friends to buy cold and flu tablets for the pseudoephedrine.

A Meteor single shot firearm was also seized.

A backpack belonging to Mr Bateman had several bottles of alcoholic spirits.

Sgt Ongheen said police traced the alcohol bottles back to a break and enter of the Epic All Sports.

Solicitor Anne Murray said her client was remorseful for his actions, but maintained Mr Bateman was not manufacturing the drugs for commercial purposes.

"It was only experimental," Mrs Murray said.

She said Mr Bateman created disdain in his family and had since been kicked out of home by his mother, who notified police of his actions.

"He wants to make a clean break," she said, and told the court Mr Bateman planned to move to Longreach.

Magistrate Cameron Press fined Mr Bateman $600 for possessing the gun and forfeited it to the crown. For the remaining charges, Mgst Press placed Mr Bateman on two years probation with strict conditions, and recorded the convictions.


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Getting the right message

Bridie Duggan who was awarded the Northern Territory Australian of the Year.

Bridie receives top honour as NT Young Australian of the Year.

Pet owners beware of snakes

Pet owners are urged to be on alert for snakes biting pets.

There is renewed warnings of monitoring pets in case of snake bites.

Final week for entries

BE QUICK: CQ News' Santa's Little Helper Competition has one week left.

The CQ News Santas' Little Helper competition has one week left.

Local Partners

Local jobs a priority

Labor to hold a round-table discussing local jobs.

Beating the heat in the school holidays

Ellie Dyer on the monkey bars at a fun filled playground.

Looking for something to do these school holidays?

Santa is coming to Isaac libraries

CHRISTMAS CRAFT: Join in the special Story Time sessions at Isaac Libraries December 5 to 9 and create your own Christmas craft like Sophia, Evie and Ashley Williams.

Santa is dropping in to the libraries in the Isaac Region.

Warm up your voice for the Rotary Carols

The Rotary Carols by Candlelight is on this Sunday.

The Central Highlands Rotary Carols is on this weekend.

Sia has split from her husband

Sia has split from her husband Erik Anders Lang.

Amy Schumer thanks Barbie trolls for hateful comments

Amy Schumer is in the lead role for the new Barbie movie

Shannen Doherty's husband is suing for destroyed sex life

Shannen Doherty's husband is suing her former manager

Azealia Banks' battery case against Russell Crowe dropped

Russell Crowe will not be charged with battery

Mel Gibson named Best Director at AACTA Awards

Mel Gibson poses in the media room after winning the AACTA Award for Best Direction for Hacksaw Ridge.

HIS wartime drama Hacksaw Ridge sweeps 6th annual awards in Sydney.

Mark Hamill unaware his co-stars were romantically involved

Hamill too "self-involved" at the time to notice, he said

Ipswich City Properties asset portfolio retains its value

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Couple's desperate $550K price drop to sell Gladstone home

Brian Headley and Kirstene Staib are selling their Kin Kora mansion for $750,000.

TELL tale sign of Gladstone's property market.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!