Plans to sell jewels of family robbed of $60k backfires

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A Coodanup man who attempted to sell jewellery, stolen in a home burglary that saw a family robbed of $60,000 worth of items, has been fined in court. 

Shannon Craig O’Shea, 48, also pleaded guilty to possessing 2.4 kilos of cannabis when he appeared in the Mandurah Magistrates Court on Friday.

Police prosecutor Tamara Read told the court O’Shea’s “associate” visited him the day after a home burglary, on May 23, and asked him to sell stolen jewellery. 

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O’Shea, a “fairly simple person” and “illiterate”, according to his lawyer, agreed and tried to sell the items worth $2000 at Mandurah Cash Converters. 

Senior Constable Read said the employee did not accept the items because of a belief they were stolen. Police were notified.

​The father-of-one was arrested the following day and told police, ‘I know I shouldn’t do it’, but said he “had no food in the house”.

The father-of-one was arrested the following day and told police, ‘I know I shouldn’t do it’, but said he "had no food in the house".

Another man has been charged, but no details were provided in court.

Senior Constable Read said police attended O’Shea’s home for an unrelated matter on April 26 and found a “significant quantity” of cannabis.

O’Shea’s lawyer told the court the cannabis was heavier because it was wet and mostly consisted of branches and stems.

He said O’Shea used it for pain relief, his epilepsy and depression.

Magistrate Anne Longden told the court the community was “sick of this type of offending” but took into account O’Shea’s limited financial means.

O’Shea was fined $3000.