Ex-mar­tial arts com­peti­tor changes mind in court

South Burnett Times - - NEWS - — Jes­sica McGrath

AN EX-MAR­TIAL arts com­peti­tor, who had his nun­chaku and drugs seized after a po­lice raid, changed his mind mid-sen­tence in court.

Michael Liedtke pleaded guilty to pos­sess­ing the re­stricted item, dan­ger­ous drugs and uten­sils used for drugs, in Kin­garoy Mag­is­trates Court on Novem­ber 5.

Kin­garoy po­lice of­fi­cers ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at a Jean St res­i­dence at 7.45am on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 18.

Pros­e­cu­tor Pepe Gangemi said the 31-year-old Kin­garoy man was al­legedly found to be in pos­ses­sion of two pipes, bongs, and scales used to weigh the 14g of mar­i­juana found, as well as the nun­chaku.

De­fence lawyer Chris Camp­bell said Liedtke used to com­pete in mar­tial arts, and pre­vi­ously held a cer­tifi­cate al­low­ing him to hold re­stricted items like the nun­chaku.

“But his cer­tifi­cate was out­dated,” Mr Camp­bell said.

Sgt Gangemi said Liedtke was at risk of a sus­pended sen­tence due to the 20 drug re­lated en­tries on his record.

“This is repet­i­tive be­hav­iour,” he said.

Mr Camp­bell said the mar­i­juana was for Liedtke’s per­sonal use only.

“I sug­gested court may want to im­pose a pro­ba­tion or­der, but he re­fused,” he said.

Mag­is­trate Louisa Pink said it was her pref­er­ence for Liedtke to do pro­ba­tion.

“As long as you con­tinue to pos­sess and use drugs, you’re at risk of be­ing ar­rested and charged and back be­fore the courts,” she said.

“I’ve been told you’ve re­fused to do a pro­ba­tion or­der and I think im­pos­ing an­other fine and an­other fine wouldn’t work, you’re be­yond that.”

Mag­is­trate Pink be­gan to ex­plain the con­di­tions for a sus­pended sen­tence when Mr Camp­bell said the de­fen­dant changed his mind.

“My client has given me in­struc­tion that he would now ac­cept a pro­ba­tion or­der,” he said.

“I guess the grav­ity of the sit­u­a­tion is start­ing to come home.”

Liedtke re­ceived a six month pro­ba­tion or­der and is re­quired to par­take in coun­selling and other sat­is­fied pro­grams.

Mag­is­trate Pink said he will sub­mit to reg­u­lar drug anal­y­sis test­ing and par­tic­i­pate in ther­a­peu­tic pro­grams to ad­dress his il­licit drug use.

“If your drug use is per­sis­tent, if you don’t do any­thing about it, you are ex­pected to ad­dress it dur­ing the six months,” she said.

“If you keep on smok­ing and pos­sess­ing cannabis, you may be charged with fur­ther of­fences.”

He was also fined $400 for pos­sess­ing a re­stricted item.

Con­vic­tions were recorded.

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