Dodging fare lands parolee back in court

AN IPSWICH parolee, who had been sent to prison for bashing students on school grounds, almost found himself back behind bars after he tried to dodge a train fare.

Nelson Fujita Palmer was released on parole in February this year after serving three months in jail for a string of charges, including assault occasioning bodily harm and common assault.

The charges stemmed from an incident in June 2014, when the 20-year-old and his friend entered Ipswich Grammar School and drunkenly attacked students and teachers.

When Palmer faced court again yesterday, it was for fare evasion - a charge which could have activated his suspended sentence and put him on a return trip to prison.

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The offence took place in March 16, when Palmer was caught trying to ride the train from Riverview to Ipswich for free.

Magistrate Barry Cosgrove said Palmer's criminal history showed he had now been convicted of fare evasion eight times and been given about $1800 in fines.

Mr Cosgrove said he wouldn't send Palmer to jail and instead fined him a further $500.


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