Court reporting – Cannabis find lands man in court

This article was originally published in print in The Herbert River Express on June 3 2017

A 21-YEAR-OLD Ingham man has pleaded guilty to several drug related offences and contravening a domestic violence order at Ingham Magistrates Court last Thursday.

Brook Peter Bressler appeared in court charged with possessing utensils or pipes for use, possessing dangerous drugs, producing dangerous drugs over several dates.

Magistrate Peter Smid said on April 3, 2017, the defendant had in his possession cannabis, several pipes and electric scales used in connection to smoking the dangerous drug.

Magistrate Smid said furthermore on March 31, 2017, he produced the dangerous drug cannabis. And contravened his domestic violence order on April 5, 2017.

Prosecutor Tim Madsen said the defendant was present when a search warrant was executed on April 3, 2017.

Prosecutor Madsen said the defendant allegedly declared there was cannabis in the water pipe in his bedroom but allegedly said it belonged to a friend, but refused to say who.

The prosecutor said police located a Clipsal bag with 1g of green leaf material, another Clipsal bag with .5g cannabis seeds, a plastic jar containing 6 cannabis seeds and 3 cannabis seedlings 20cm in height.

He said the defendant told police he was looking after the plants for a friend, and the water pipe and scissors in the defendant’s bedroom also belonged to his friend.

Prosecutor Madsen said the electric scales had a residue on them. And the water pipe and cone piece smelt like cannabis.

The defendant’s lawyer, Ms Monique Sheppard, said she was seeking fines for her client because he received Newstart Allowance payments from Centrelink. She said he supplemented that by working for his father’s scrap metal business.

Magistrate Smid suggested a community service sentence but Ms Sheppard said the difficulty of that was the defendant’s participation in a Certificate III in Retail that included a number of unpaid hours to complete the next component.

Bressler was handed a $600 fine for the three drug charges due to their minor nature, a further $400 for the breach of the domestic violence order, referred to SPER and convictions were recorded.

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