Whitsunday man fined $1760
A MAN who told police his name was “Jo Blow as far as you’re concerned” has been issued with two, $880 fines – a total of $1760.
Steven Frederick Lawler, 37, appeared in the Proserpine Magistrate’s Court on Monday charged with committing a public nuisance offence, contravening a police direction, possessing drug-related utensils and three counts of possessing dangerous drugs.
The court heard that on February 22 at 12.15am, police patrolling the Airlie main street saw Lawler drop his shoulder into another man, knocking him off balance.
When police attempted to take up with Lawler, he gave them the middle finger, swore at them and walked off.
After they pursued him, he gave them a false date of birth and refused to supply an address.
A search was conducted, during which a small sheet containing 48 LSD trips was found. Police prosecutor Elizabeth Cas- sells said the sheet portrayed the Facebook logo with the words “off your face” underneath.
On February 23, police and detectives from the Whitsunday Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) executed a search warrant at Lawler’s Airlie Beach address. Here they found 1.7g of cannabis seeds, a used glass pipe, a metal cone piece and two vials containing a small amount of anabolic steroids, usually associated with animal use.
Lawler admitted all the items were his but said he had not used steroids for at least three years and simply forgot they were there.
Magistrate Haydn Sjernqvist noted the entire chain of circumstances started with Lawler “acting like a goat” and drawing himself to the attention of police.
At duty lawyer Sherrie Meade’s request, no convictions were recorded for the offences relating to drugs.