Get a gold star or do time, mag­is­trate warns offender

Geraldton Guardian - - COURTS / POLICE - Francesca Mann

A Ger­ald­ton mag­is­trate has told a 23-year-old he needs a “gold-star per­for­mance” on his pre-sen­tence or­der, other­wise he risks go­ing to jail.

Reid Fran­cis Ryder ap­peared via video link in Ger­ald­ton Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day, hav­ing pre­vi­ously pleaded guilty to un­law­ful wound­ing with a cir­cum­stance of ag­gra­va­tion.

The court was told while on his pre-sen­tence or­der, Ryder had en­gaged in foot­ball and em­ploy­ment but was un­able to en­gage with drug and al­co­hol coun­selling.

De­fence coun­sel Kate Turt­leyChap­pel said her client was happy to en­gage in the coun­selling.

But Mag­is­trate Donna Webb told Ryder coun­selling wasn’t a choice.

“Well I’m glad he’s happy to en­gage in coun­selling, be­cause he has to,” she said.

“This man has no room to move and it’s about time he gets it through his head.

“He’s messed around enough and I’m not putting up with it.

“It’s ei­ther a gold-star per­for­mance or he’ll do his drug and al­co­hol coun­selling in prison.”

Ryder will reap­pear in the same court later this month.

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