Rylstone Local Court briefs for March 10, 2017

Rylstone Local Court.
Rylstone Local Court.

A Lithgow man charged with stealing credit and debit cards from Kandos and using them for a series of purchases, had a warrant issued for his arrest after he failed to front court.

Joshua Neville Sharwood, aged 29, of Academy Street, Lithgow, was charged with stealing property in dwelling, and five counts of dishonestly obtain property by deception.

On August 19, 2016, Sharwood stayed at the victim’s house in Kandos with a mutual friend – who was the link between the two parties who previously didn’t know each other.

He took two debit cards and a credit card from the house and the next day – back in Lithgow – used them for; $71.50 of cigarettes and lottery tickets; two taxi trips totaling $30.88; and two attempts at buying video games, but the transactions were declined.


A learner who rolled the car he was driving while unaccompanied by a licensed driver, was sentenced in his absence when he failed to appear in court.

Brett Parkins, aged 18, of Mudgee Street, Rylstone, was fined a total of $1600 and disqualified for 12-months.

On November 12, 2016, Parkins and his passenger were travelling along the Bylong Valley Way at Rylstone when their vehicle crossed onto the wrong side of the road and lost traction.

It then hit the dirt shoulder and rolled the embankment for about 30 metres.

A witnesses offered assistance to the pair who said, “the hospital is just down there, we’ll walk”.

A police check revealed Parkins is the holder of a Learner’s Permit and his passenger wasn’t a fully licensed driver.


A 22-year-old man was sentenced for contravening an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) and stealing money from a family member, after he went and bought beer one afternoon.

Joshua Williams of Fleming Street, Kandos, was placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond and fined $100.

The ADVO was put in place on February 17, 2016, to protect a family member, a condition of which being he not approach them or the home within 12 hours of consuming alcohol.

On August 15, 2016, Williams bought beer and was consuming it through the afternoon.

Another family knew he didn’t have the money to buy it, so checked their wallet – which had been at home with only Williams there – and noticed a $50 was missing.

The incident also put Williams in breach of a good behaviour bond, he’d been placed on without conviction on June 10, 2016.

He was charged with possession of eight cannabis plants.

The original bond was revoked and he was convicted fined $300.


A Kandos woman who obstructed police, was convicted in her absence and fined $600 when she failed to appear in court.

Laura Nixon, aged 27, of Bent Street, Kandos, was charged with resist or hinder officer in execution of their duty.

On February 8, 2017, police were called to a Kandos address and were questioning another woman over an incident.

She gave officers a false named and was arrested.

At which point Nixon became involved, yelling at police and attempting to block the doorway.

Officers deployed capsicum spray to subdue her.


A man charged with driving without having ever held a driver’s licence, had a warrant issued for his arrest after he failed to appear in court.

Brett-Jawn David Stenzel, aged 35, of Roxburgh Street, Kandos, was stopped by police in Kandos on Novemember 2, 2016, in order to conduct a random breath test.

It was negative for alcohol however he admitted he didn’t have a licence and that “I just wanted to get the vehicle home, the missus is away and I need to go to the post office”.

A check found that Stenzel held a learner’s permit that had long since expired.

He was previously charged the same offence in Katoomba in 2012.