Fake ID plan falls apart when man 'forgets birthday'

NOTE to those people thinking of using another person's identification to gain access to nightclubs, do some homework first.

Police were called to Agenda's Nightclub in the early hours of Monday after security staff became suspicious of a would-be patron's identification, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

The man had produced a Queensland driver's licence in the name of Benjamin David Mitchell, but security staff noticed the photograph on the licence bore little resemblance to the person standing in front of them and when he couldn't remember his date of birth, alarm bells started ringing.

The man maintained the name until taken to the watch house where he provided police with another name "David Gregory Small", police prosecutor Sergeant Natalie Bugden told the court.

Police photograph record checks discovered the man's true identity was Shannon Douglas Mitchell who was wanted on a warrant.

The 24-year-old spent the ensuing seven hours in the watch house until he was brought into court where he pleaded guilty to charges of providing false evidence, contravening a police direction, breach of domestic violence order and failing to appear in court on August 12, giving the explanation he had slept in that day.

His lawyer Peter Sloane told the court his client had been drunk when he provided the two false names.

Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck ordered Mitchell do 80 hours of unpaid community service.


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