Sus­pended sen­tences for re­peat of­fender

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

PROSER­PINE mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist called Tay­lor Paradies a “slacker” and a “liar” be­fore sen­tenc­ing him to pe­ri­ods of im­pris­on­ment in court on Mon­day.

The 19-year-old was brought to court in po­lice cus­tody. He pleaded guilty to charges of pos­sess­ing dan­ger­ous drugs and drug-re­lated uten­sils, con­tra­ven­ing a po­lice di­rec­tion and breach­ing a com­mu­nity based or­der.

On Novem­ber 7 po­lice ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at Paradies’ Can­non­vale ad­dress find­ing a small quan­tity of cannabis and a home­made wa­ter pipe. Paradies ad­mit­ted own­er­ship of the items and was given a no­tice to at­tend the lo­cal po­lice sta­tion within seven days to pro­vide ID. By Novem­ber 25 he had not turned up. Po­lice re­turned to his ad­dress and he told them he for­got.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist said he re­mem­bered sen­tenc­ing Paradies to com­mu­nity ser­vice for pre­vi­ous of­fences in­clud­ing re­ceiv­ing tainted prop­erty and pos­sess­ing drug-re­lated uten­sils. The court heard that none of the 60 hours had been com­pleted. “I’m start­ing to think you’re just a slacker and ef­fec­tively, ba­si­cally a liar,” Mr St­jern­qvist said.

“You just do what­ever you want and when you get to court a cas­cade of ex­cuses come out.”

Mr St­jern­qvist re-sen­tenced Paradies for his orig­i­nal crimes, im­pos­ing a $550 fine along with one and four-month prison terms.

For the fresh of­fences he im­posed a $330 fine with four and two-month prison terms.

Mr St­jern­qvist said the prison terms were to be served con­cur­rently, mak­ing a to­tal of four months. He sus­pended this wholly and im­me­di­ately for 12 months.

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