Guilty plea to using cannabis

A MAN who was caught with cannabis when police went to his address over a domestic disturbance faced Gladstone Magistrates Court last week.

Robert Craig Topham pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing utensils, one charge of possessing dangerous drugs and obstructing a police officer.

Prosecutor Senior Constable Brad Reynolds told the court police found 12 grams of cannabis, 10 grams of cannabis seeds, a pipe and a pair of scissors when they went to the defendant's caravan after reports of a domestic dispute.

Topham refused entry to the police and zipped up the annex before they eventually got into the van. Snr Const Reynolds said the defendant had no prior drug record.

Duty lawyer Brad Krebs said the cannabis was for his client's personal use.

“He accepts it's time to grow up and move on,” Mr Krebs said.

The truck driver was ordered to attend drug diversion and placed on a good behaviour bond for four months or forfeit $400.

He was fined $300 in default four days in jail for obstructing police.

Meanwhile, Aaron Dermot Fleming pleaded guilty to wilful damage.

Snr Const Reynolds said a 1983 Holden Gemini sedan belonging to the complainant in this incident had been moved out onto a footpath so it could be moved by a tow truck.

On March 24 it was claimed the defendant jumped up and down on the boot of the car leaving a dent.

The defendant, however, claimed he did not jump on the boot, but only sat on it. Duty lawyer Brad Krebs said his client didn't intend to cause any damage to the car.

“My client is a big boy weighing 108 kilos and dented the boot just by sitting on it,” Mr Krebs said.

The apprentice fitter and turner was fined $250 in default three days jail without a conviction.



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