Boat traveller with stash of drugs

A WESTERN Australian man visiting Queensland to buy a boat faced Gladstone Magistrates Court on two drugs charges yesterday.

Craig Francis Brown pleaded guilty to possessing utensils and possessing dangerous drugs.

Prosecutor Sergeant Mick O’Rourke said water police were notified that a boat in the marina had “speed” on board.

Police searched the boat Wahini and found 0.01 grams of cannabis, six clipseal bags with white powder residue, a bong, two homemade cones and a pair of scissors. Duty Lawyer Danny Yarrow said his client was a 46-year-old, who had already left the Gladstone area.

“My client is a machine operator who is living and travelling on his boat. The drugs were for personal use and were from some time ago. He doesn’t do drugs any more since taking on the role of stepfather,” he said.

Magistrate Damian Carroll noted it was only a small quantity and ordered no conviction.

Brown was fined $1000 or 13 days jail and a forfeiture order was made for the drugs.

Also in the court was a man charged with stealing after he found a police officer’s cap and didn’t hand it in. Kallan Richard Anderson Murray pleaded guilty to the charge.

Prosecutor Sergeant O’Rourke said Murray found the police cap on the ground at a service station six months earlier and failed to take it to police. Duty lawyer Danny Yarrow said his client was 19 years old, worked as a trades assistant and had no criminal history.

“My client said he put the cap in his car and just forgot it was there. The person who dobbed him in was someone who had an axe to grind with him.”

Magistrate Damian Carroll said it was stealing by finding.

Murray was put on a four-month good behaviour bond in default $250, with no conviction.

In another case in court Kelvin David Richard May pleaded guilty to public nuisance. The court heard May had been involved in a wild melee at Calliope River Camping Ground at 12.05am on April 25.

Police were trying to break up a large fight between two groups of campers when May started hitting himself on the head with a heavy based frypan and then punched himself in the jaw at least a dozen times.

Defence solicitor Brad Krebs said his client had gone camping with family and friends and was highly intoxicated.

“My client hitting himself in the head was a foolhardy act of bravado to warn off the other group of campers,” he said.

The boilermaker was convicted and fined $550 or eight days.

Adin Joel Cussen pleaded guilty and was committed to stand trial in the District Court at a date to be notified for armed robbery with violence.

Cussen appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court via video link from prison.

No bail application was lodged and Cussen was remanded in custody.



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