News

Drug deaths didn't deter Gladstone mates from temptation

Perkins has been ordered to attend drug education.
Perkins has been ordered to attend drug education.

TWO deaths from drug overdoses at Stereosonic festivals in Sydney and Adelaide just hours earlier were not enough to deter Gladstone live music lover Michael Perkins and his mates from being tempted by cocaine.

Perkins was caught out by police at the Brisbane leg of the events when officers checked his iPhone and found a drug related text.

Perkins, 22, pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to a charge that he was in possession of a mobile phone used in Brisbane last month for commission of a drug related crime.

Police prosecutor Gavin Reece said police on foot patrols near the Brisbane Ekka grounds for the Stereosonic festival on December 6 saw Perkins and other young males get out of a car.

Mr Reece said drugs were found on one of the males and an Apple iPhone Perkins had contained a text message about someone picking up cocaine for them.

Perkins told police the friend was going to give them cocaine.

Defence lawyer Bradley Krebs said Perkins travelled to Brisbane with friends for the festival and the text was sent.

Mr Krebs said Perkins was only a recreational user of illicit drugs.

"He recognises the need to disassociate himself from drugs," Mr Krebs said.

"He is not working and has no criminal history.

"He was born and raised in Gladstone and normally works in retail."

Mr Krebs sought for a drug conviction not to be recorded as it would likely affect his employment prospects.

Magistrate Penelope Hay said Perkins was found suitable to do a Drug Diversion program and because he had no prior offences she would not record a conviction.

Instead she placed Perkins on $600 own recognizance not to offend in the next 12 months and ordered he attend drug education.

His iPhone was forfeited to police.

Queensland health authorities last month revealed paramedics had transported 20 people from the Stereosonic festival to hospital emergency departments for drug overdoses.

Topics:  cocaine, crime, gladstone, gladstone magistrate court, gladstone region



Daredevils pumped for track

FAST AND FURIOUS: Out-of-town company World Trail gets the nod to build a world-class pump track in Gladstone.

"I would prefer to use the local"

'Biggest meteor in years' crashes near Gladstone

FIREBALL: The Orionid meteor shower will provide a light show later this month. Photo: contributed

“This sounds like a big one, first in several years."

LISTEN: 'Fireball meteor' causes tremor in 'super sonic boom'

"FIREBALL meteor" came close to Gladstone last night, expert says.

Local Partners

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber split

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber have split after 11 years together.

Why Chris Hemsworth was spotted wearing nail polish

RED CARPET: Do you think Chris Hemsworth is the typical unpolished but well-natured Aussie bloke?

He's now officially the best bloke in Australia

Testament's new album is a concept album

ROME, ITALY- JULY 27, 2016: Testament photographed at The Roman Collisseium in Rome, Italy on July 27,2016. Gene Ambo

Testament to release new album

'Baby' recreates famous Nirvana cover shot 25 years later

The baby from Nevermind album has recreated the iconic cover shot.

PREVIEW: Luke Cage origin story is a strong addition to MCU

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage.

MIKE Colter stars as latest Marvel superhero to get his own series.

Kate goes down fighting in heated Survivor elimination

Australian Survivor contestant Kate Campbell.

YOGA teacher's 'good guys' alliance fails to get off the ground.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

'Flex muscles': Gladstone suburb drops $120K

BUYERS are scooping unprecedented deals by “flexing their muscles at the table”

Few bright lights for property after mining downturn

The Gladstone Regional Council wants associated LNG companies like Bechtel to be apart of the EIS housing accommodation strategy from the outset of the projects and not mid-way through.

Tannum Sands continues to write its own property success story

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Market opens as Gladstone sellers drop prices to force sale

VENDORS are dropping the price on houses to force a sale.