Credit card taken while Urraween man lay dying
AS bystanders attempted to save the life of 37-year-old Matthew Clark after he had been hit by a car, his credit card was stolen from his wallet at the scene in a crime that has "shocked and disgusted" seasoned police detectives.
A 28-year-old Torquay man and 27-year-old Kawungan woman were charged with stealing and fraud offences on Wednesday morning.
Police believe the accused stole a credit card from Mr Clark's wallet while other bystanders performed CPR after he was struck by a car about 1am on Saturday.
Mr Clark died soon after at Hervey Bay Hospital.
His credit card had allegedly been used after his death on at least 11 occasions at businesses in Hervey Bay and Maryborough; including several bottle shops and grocery stores.
Police told the Chronicle the victim's grieving wife had notified police of transactions on the credit card following the fatal accident.
The 27-year-old Kawungan woman was charged with one count of stealing and eight counts of fraud, after she was found by detectives following investigations by the Hervey Bay Criminal Investigation Branch.
She was granted bail and is expected to appear in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on January 12, 2017.
The 28-year-old man was charged with one count of stealing and four counts of fraud after a search warrant was executed at a Boat Harbour Dr address on Tuesday.
Hervey Bay Detective Senior Sergeant Mick Polit said the alleged crimes showed no decency.
"To think that these two low-lifes came across an incident like this, completely ignored what a decent human being would do, and instead stole his credit card really is almost beyond belief," Det Snr Sgt Polit said.
"It will be alleged the male and female offenders arrived at the scene of the accident shortly after it occurred, whilst two other persons present were performing CPR on the victim, [the accused] have located the victim's wallet lying next to him on the road and stolen his credit card from within the wallet.
"It doesn't appear they made any effort at all to assist either the victim or the persons valiantly trying to save his life."
The accused man appeared in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court yesterday morning.
He appeared in court wearing a Ford racing shirt, black pants and no shoes.
The man instructed duty lawyer Hamish Isles he wished to apply for bail, but it was denied.
Police prosecutor Kathryn Stagoll said the objection to bail followed the man's criminal history, and the "revolting" nature of the offence.
"What on earth is society coming to if this is happening?" Sgt Stagoll questioned.
"He couldn't stoop any lower."
Magistrate Graeme Tatnell told the court the charges alleged against the man were too serious for him to be allowed back into the community.
"The fact that you would [allegedly] stoop so low on this occasion, there's no knowing what else you might do," Mr Tatnell said.
"I'm not going to grant you bail, I'm not satisfied with having you in the community."