Drug man avoids jail, debt re­paid

Great Southern Herald - - News - Tim Ed­munds

Peter had moved to the Great South­ern to es­cape an all-toofa­mil­iar life of drugs but was quickly deal­ing with more than just his own ad­dic­tion.

De­spite liv­ing re­motely away from a ma­jor cen­tre in Al­bany, by 2016 his life was, as his lawyer put it, “off the rails”.

The 36-year-old, who faces a string of se­ri­ous drug pos­ses­sion and weapons charges, was re­minded by Mag­is­trate Raelene John­ston his on­go­ing is­sues would not go away quickly.

His urge to re­move him­self from that life of cannabis and metham­phetamine use was clear and the court heard he had en­gaged with Palmer­ston, the drug and coun­selling ser­vice.

His wife had be­gun us­ing meth again and their bank ac­count was emp­tied, and he had been left with their two chil­dren.

Un­der se­vere pres­sure be­cause his wife owed a drug debt in Perth, Peter at­tempted to rec­on­cile with those she owed, only to have his arm bro­ken by a block-split­ter.

The drug debt was even­tu­ally set­tled by a rel­a­tive.

Peter had reached a “turn­ing point in his life”, ac­cord­ing to his lawyer. He was placed on a 12month com­mu­nity-based or­der with su­per­vi­sion and pro­gram re­quire­ments.

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