Man on drug charges ‘going through bad stage’

A MAN who used drugs to help him forget unpleasant things in his life was fined $800 in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Joshua Neil Theo Migala pleaded guilty to failing to properly dispose of a needle and syringe, possessing drug utensils, possessing dangerous drugs and contravening a direction or requirement of police.

Police executed a search warrant on Migala's home on July 24 this year and seized a number of items.

They found a clip sealed bag with 1g of cannabis which Migala told police he used to "help him get over s**t".

Police also found a homemade waterpipe in the kitchen and a glass jar with a pipe in the bedroom, which Migala said he used to smoke methamphetamines.

Duty lawyer Megan Creaser said Migala had just broken up with his partner and was going through a bad stage in his life.

She said Migala used the drug to help him deal with unpleasant memories.

Regarding the contravene direction charge, Ms Creaser said Migala had forgotten to go to the police station.

Ms Creaser said Migala was currently moving house as he couldn't afford the rent and that he was doing his best to get off drugs.

Magistrate Penelope Hay said she took into account Migala's early plea during sentencing.

"Drugs are not a positive influence in your life, you're better off seeking counselling," she said.

The seized items were forfeited to the state for destruction.

Migala was fined and a conviction was recorded.



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