Man claims cannabis dropped by bird

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

AMANwhowas found with a cannabis plant grow­ing at his Midge Point home told po­lice it must have taken root af­ter a bird fly­ing over­head dropped the seed.

Barry John Sherwood, 42, ini­tially came to the at­ten­tion of po­lice af­ter a car ac­ci­dent on July 12.

At 8.30pm that night, Sherwood be­came in­volved in an ar­gu­ment at the Midge Point Tavern.

He then drove away and crashed a car into a ditch on Condor Pa­rade.

Po­lice have al­leged Sherwood then walked back to his res­i­dence where a fur­ther ar­gu­ment oc­curred.

Af­ter po­lice ar­rived at the ad­dress, he was breathal­ysed, re­turn­ing a read­ing of 0.060 per cent. A wa­ter pipe and pipe used to smoke cannabis were found at the ad­dress, as was a 20cm tall cannabis plant grow­ing in a pot.

Fur­ther checks of Sherwood’s driv­ing his­tory re­vealed his driver’s li­cence had ex­pired in 2011. He was charged with un­li­censed and drink-driv­ing, pos­sess­ing drug-re­lated uten- sils and pro­duc­ing danger­ous drugs.

On Mon­day, Sherwood pleaded guilty to these charges in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Smith said he nonethe­less de­nied plant­ing the cannabis plant say­ing a bird must have dropped the seed.

She said when he dis­cov­ered the plant was cannabis, he de­cided to wa­ter it and see if it would grow.

Duty lawyer Sher­rie Meade cor­rob­o­rated this, say­ing “it was not any­thing more than put some wa­ter on it and see if any­thing hap­pens”.

“Like Jack and the beanstalk,” mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist mused.

“The bird [that dropped the seed] was a rather tall bird with a beard and long hair... I imag­ine,” he said.

For the driv­ing of­fences, Sherwood was fined $440 and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for three months.

For the drug-re­lated of­fences he re­ceived a $660 fine.

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