Yo ho ho: State Govt wants 148 bottles of man’s rum
A FIGHT over 150 bottles of rum is something one might expect on a pirate movie, not a Queensland Supreme Court.
Gladstone man Caleb John Gibson has announced his intentions to fight the Queensland Government as it tries to seize his extensive liquor collection while he is in Rockhampton jail.
The state government has applied to the Supreme Court to freeze some of Gibson's property under crime proceeds laws.
The government changed its application on Thursday to include 148 bottles of Gibson's rum.
Gibson telephoned into the courtroom from Rockhampton's correctional centre during the Brisbane hearing and said he was not sure why they wanted to seize his rum.
"I'm not entirely sure about the intentions of the prosecution as far as the rum bottles go," he said.
"I've got some bank statements which prove that I was purchasing those rum bottles out of my own bank account and that was well and truly before the offending period."
He said it was a collection he had gathered a few years before he committed offences which he is currently in jail for.
The Government is also trying to freeze some of Gibson's assets, including properties he owned.
He told the court the bank had sold most of his properties and that he now had about $200,000 of debt.
Gibson said he would have to pay this off once he was released from jail in November.
His focus in court on Thursday then came back to his liquor collection.
"And as far as the rum bottles go, I'd really like to get them back if possible," he said.
The court heard the dispute over the rum bottles would be part of a court hearing later this year.
Justice Martin Burns granted the Queensland Government an extension to allow more time to get its application ready for the hearing. - APN NEWSDESK