Bond for theft from employer

COURT: Results from Lithgow Local Court, which sat on July 6.
COURT: Results from Lithgow Local Court, which sat on July 6.

A Lithgow man has been placed on a good behaviour bond after being found guilty of stealing 2.5 tonnes of industrial grade copper cable and 280kg of brass electrical plugs. 

Gregory Owen Norman Battersby, 47, of South Bowenfels was placed on an 18-month good behaviour bond when he faced Lithgow Local Court on July 6 for the offence of stealing property from his employer.

The property was returned to the company, Ampcontrol, and Battersby repaid the $6260 that he had been paid when he sold it to a scrap metal yard. Ampcontrol stated that the goods were worth more than $100,000.

The court heard the goods were removed from the business, at which Battersby worked as branch manager, on April 11 this year. An investigation was carried out when rumours of the sale reached the company’s Newcastle head office. 

The police were alerted on May 9 of this year and Battersby was dismissed from his position with the company on May 11. Battersby entered a guilty plea. 

Jail for driving disqualified

A Bellami man has been sentenced to jail after being caught driving only hours after he was released on bail for driving while disqualified. 

Scott James Chandler, 26, of Bellami was pulled over on Main Street, Lithgow, on May 17 and found to already be disqualified until 2024.

He was arrested and released on bail on May 18. One of the conditions of his release was that he was not to occupy the driver’s seat of any vehicle. 

Early in the morning on May 19, he was pulled over in Coniston while driving his girlfriend to Wollongong.

He was arrested a second time and held without bail. 

Chandler was sentenced to 10 months in jail, with a three month non-parole period. 

He was disqualified from driving for two years. 

Bond for assault on housemate

Ian John Lang, 60, was placed on a 16-month good behaviour bond after being found guilty of assault at Lithgow Local Court on July 6. He was convicted of an assault on his housemate of seven years on April 19 this year. 

Ban for driving disqualified 

Ned Darren Ryan, 23, of Claymore, was fined $800 and disqualified for two years for driving disqualified. He was pulled over at Blackmans Flat on May 6.