Court witness to fraud’s redemption

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A man who lost his path after being “disfellowshipped” from the Jehovah’s Witness church faced court yesterday to “clean the slate” for a crime he committed 11 years ago.

The District Court in Brisbane was told that in 1993 Alan William O’Donnell had skipped bail while waiting to face court for relatively minor fraud and false pretences charges.

The court was told he had travelled from Tasmania to Brisbane to give himself up in September this year.

O’Donnell, now 31, pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud and three charges of false pretences between May 10 and June 7, 1993.

Barrister Jim Farmer, for O’Donnell, said his client was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness but was “disfellowshipped” when his family objected to him taking up with a woman who was not a Jehovah’s Witness.

He said while working as a door-to-door security system salesman O’Donnell had pawned three systems because his pay had been delayed and he had no food money.

O’Donnell was fined $750 and ordered he pay restitution of $400.

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The Courier-Mail, Australia;br />Dec. 7, 2004 ;br />Mark Oberhardt;br />

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