A MAGISTRATE has handed a North Mackay man a community service order, along with some stern advice.
Magistrate Nerida Wilson gave Harley Graham Case, 26, who is unemployed and lives with his parents, a 60-hour community service order after he pleaded guilty to possessing drugs and utensils, restricted nunchukus, and ID cards which were tainted property. He had also breached a probation order.
Ms Wilson also gave him some stern advice.
Case's solicitor, Rosemary Varley, said her client had missed probation meetings because he claimed there was no transport available.
She said that Case was "fascinated with martial arts, and when he was younger, participated in a few months of Tae Kwon Do".
Magistrate Wilson told Mr Case: "This whole idea that you're fascinated by martial arts, but you haven't actually done any recently, you haven't worked for four years, it's not very hard for me to join the dots when I look at your criminal history.
"You were given a probation order, you just didn't turn up. Walking would have been a good start. Getting a bike would have been an option, too. Getting someone to drop you off, ringing the office, I could go through a few options, you've opted out completely.
"If you don't deal with your issues, you'll be walking through that door one day, straight through to the watch-house and straight to Capricornia (Correctional Centre). What a waste of a young life.
"The reason I get agitated about these matters is that we have so many young men in this town that are going the same way as you are. You don't want to get on with your life, Mr Case, you don't want to change one single thing.
"You want to keep doing exactly what you are doing, with your buddies, because it takes too much hard work to change. Too much hard work.
"What you do with your buddies is not normal. Most young men in this country do not hang out with buddies and smoke drugs. You might have to completely change your friendship group.
"I'm going to give you every opportunity to front up, grow up, man up and turn up at your work assignment."