By Oliver Powell
It was no souvenir that went ‘straight to the pool room’ for Christopher Castle, who chose to represent himself in the Bacchus Marsh Court.
He was convicted for a collection of crimes committed in 2015 and had to pay $3000 to the court fund; received a $1500 fine on top of a two-year good behaviour bond and a 12-month licence disqualification.
The court heard Castle obtained property by deception and various driving charges along with theft. Castle pleaded guilty to all the charges, and attributed the crime spree to his Methamphetamine problem.
In 2015 Castle advertised cheap car batteries on Facebook. An unsuspecting victim ordered 30 and transferred $480. After the payment communication began to falter, the victim sent around a pickup crew but neither the batteries or the accused were there. When confronted by the victim via a text message about the problem the accused said he “had been in a car accident” and sent a picture to prove it. However, the photo was date stamped 2011.
Shortly after that incident Castle was discovered on CCTV at his old workplace breaking in and stealing loose change in the office and a fundraising tin. Castle believed the $42 was a sufficient payback for being “f***ed over twice by [the boss]”.
Police observed the accused intentionally skidding through a roundabout at Derrimut on May 25, 2015 and upon being pulled over discovered Castle was unlicensed, and had been since 2005. A month later (June 2015) police caught Castle driving unlicensed again.
Castle said the drug problem was behind him represented himself because “I just want this to be over, some of these charges have been hanging over my head for 18- months”.