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25 February 2011

Pair in court on Goodna looting charges

TWO people accused of looting an Ipswich hotel during the floods faced court, and a waiting media contingent, yesterday.

Kirryn Shane Lee Griffiths and Stacey Lee Bennett
leave Ipswich Court House. They are alleged to have
looted a hotel in Goodna.

TWO people accused of looting an Ipswich hotel during the floods faced court, and a waiting media contingent, yesterday.

Kirryn Shane Lee Griffiths, 19, and Stacey Lee Bennett, 17, allegedly stole alcohol from the flood-affected Weeroona Hotel at Goodna on January 13 before being stopped by police.

Joshua Ross Redding, 18, is also accused of looting the hotel on the day, but his appearance in court was excused yesterday.

Defence barrister Kevin Rose told Ipswich Magistrates Court Griffiths and Bennett were "likely to plead guilty", but they wanted to watch video footage of their alleged crime first.

"At this stage they take issue with some of the facts which makes the charge more serious," Mr Rose said.

"The evidence against them appears to be fairly strong – it is likely that they'll be pleading guilty."

Mr Rose said he would send police an email outlining the issues, but most of the concerns could be resolved by viewing video footage of the incident.

Griffiths and Bennett rushed out of the Ipswich courthouse yesterday after the brief hearing to be confronted by a large number of journalists, photographers and camera crews.

There was a scuffle as they walked away, with Griffiths seen pushing a cameraman.

He was heard to yell at media: "Why don't you tell the truth? Go away you (expletive) scumbags."

Griffiths and Bennett will next face court on March 17.

Defence lawyer Amanda Robinson appeared for Redding, who was not required in court yesterday, and adjourned his case to March 10 so he can seek further legal advice.

More flood stories: www.QT.com.au

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