Whit­sun­day man fined $1760

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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