Man arrested at gunpoint had meth, knife in car

IN a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, as well as mistaken identity, a frightened Gladstone man was arrested at gunpoint by police when he stopped to let a friend off outside a house.

William James Lennon was busted for having methylamphetamine, a knife and drug paraphernalia including pipes, clip seal bags and a set of scales in his car.

Lennon, 37, in Gladstone Magistrates Court, recounted his fear over what happened in Glen Eden on March 28 when a gun was put to his chest.

He pleaded with magistrate Barbara Tynan not to record a conviction because of his career.

Lennon pleaded guilty to four drug-related charges including possession of 1.3grams of methylamphetamine, and possession of a knife in a public place.

Ms Tynan asked that he "explain to me" how he received his security licence in January and then in March got a string of drug charges.

"There is no excuse for it. I just parked, dropping someone off and I had something on me that I shouldn't have," Lennon said.

"I told police I had the knife. It's a tool, not a weapon. I was working on my car.

"Police came to my car with guns drawn as they thought I was someone else.

"It was the worst day of my life ma'am. I did not expect a gun drawn on me."

Lennon said the gun had been put in the middle of his chest before he was handcuffed, and he had told the officer the knife was in his back pants pocket.

He also warned the officer about a razor blade that was in his wallet.

"Were you dabbling in it (meth)?" asked Ms Tynan.

"Yes ma'am but only for me," he said.

He admitted using the two pipes to smoke meth.

Ms Tynan fined Lennon $750 and did not record a conviction, citing his lack of criminal history, saying it would be up to him to convince the authorities he was now clean.



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