Magistrate to addicts: You’ll end up dead or jailed
FOUR minor drug offenders were delivered an ominous warning by Acting Magistrate Gary Finger on Thursday morning - stop using drugs or risk death or prison.
"(If you don't stop using drugs) you are going to end up dead quicker than you would like, or in prison," Mr Finger told them.
The four pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to low-level unrelated drugs charges.
The court heard the cases together in order to save time reading the requirements of attending Drug Diversion program to each of the defendants individually.
Throughout his sentencing of the four, Mr Finger repeatedly expressed his dislike for reminding them to clean up their act or face far worse consequences.
"I suggest you don't come back because you won't like the result," he told one of the defendants.
"You come back and get a conviction, and there goes your life."
He also warned the group that if they continued down the drugs path the penalty of any further convictions would be much harsher, and possibly would result in them losing their freedom.
Drugs charges of all levels are regularly heard in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court. However, it is rare for a magistrate to speak so strongly against substance abuse, particularly when the amount of drugs in the offender's possession is relatively minor.
Patrick Thomas Clutton, 17, pleaded guilty to possessing a drug-related utensil in Scarness on July 26.
Clutton was placed on a $400 good behaviour bond and required to attend a Drug Diversion program.
Laura Dawn Parrett, 30, pleaded guilty to possessing a dangerous drug and possessing drug utensils.
Parrett was found with a prescription weight-loss drug, which she had not been prescribed, at Torquay on June 27.
She was placed on a $750 good behaviour bond for nine months and required to attend a Drug Diversion program.
Jack Anthony McCaul, 22, pleaded guilty, and was found by police with two 30cm marijuana plants as well as about 140 seeds.
Mr Finger placed McCaul on an $800 good behaviour bond for nine months and required him to attend a Drug Diversion program.
Aziah Lyndon Geoffrey Robe-Broome, 20, pleaded guilty to possessing 0.3 grams of marijuana in Urangan on July 27.
Robe-Broome was placed on a $500 good behaviour bond and also required to attend a Drug Diversion program.