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Man on parole claimed to be his brother

WATER proved to be thicker than blood when a man who used his brother as an alias during police questioning fronted Gladstone Magistrates Court yesterday.

Appearing on one charge of possessing utensils or pipes and another for contravening a direction or requirement of police, Trent Evans entered an early plea of guilty.

It was alleged that about 7.45pm on February 7, Evans was pulled over by Caboolture police while driving.

The occupants of the car were observed by police to be "nervous and fidgety".

Following a search of the vehicle, police uncovered two glass pipes hidden in the right sleeve of the defendant's clothing.

He then misidentified himself as his brother to police in an attempt to escape a parole breach.

Evans yesterday told the court he had lied to police "because he was on parole and didn't want to be arrested".

Police approached Evans's brother, who refused to take the blame for the defendant.

Evans was then left to own up for his actions.

Currently unemployed, Evans told the court he was looking for work after having moved from Brisbane just weeks ago.

During sentencing, Magistrate Penelope Hay was interrupted by the distinct sound of the prosecutor's mobile ringtone to Enya's popular song "Sail Away".

"There will be no sailing away just yet," she retorted, prompting laughter from the galley.

Ms Hay proceeded to record criminal convictions for the defendant's behaviour, although sparing him further punishment owing to an existing 18-month probation order.

The order had been imposed after the crime had occurred.

The pipes were forfeited to the Crown for destruction.

Topics:  crime, drugs, fraud, gladstone magistrates court



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