Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

First Jail Time a 'Wake-Up Call'

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

First Jail Time a 'Wake-Up Call'

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A 21-YEAR-OLD Toowoomba man's first stint behind bars had been a wake-up call, the offender's solicitor told the city's Magistrates Court.

Mark Daniel Spencer was a reportable offender under the Child Protection Act but he had been taken into custody when he had failed to comply with a number of conditions of the order.

Those breaches included failing to tell authorities that he had set up a Facebook page on which were a number of photographs including one with two young children.

His solicitor Brad Skuse told the court those children were his client's siblings and though his client knew his reporting obligations he hadn't realised he had to report that to police.

The court heard the 21-year-old had also spent a few days with a foster carer friend who had four children of primary school age and a fifth who attended high school at the residence.

When the foster parent went to Brisbane for work, Spencer had supervised the children at the home one night, the court heard. …

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