Suspended sentences for repeat offender
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.