Get a gold star or do time, magistrate warns offender
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.