Re-of­fend­ing teen urged to leave the area

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

TAY­LOR Paradies fronted the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day, faced with 12 sep­a­rate charges in­clud­ing pos­ses­sion of drugs, drug-re­lated uten­sils and items used in the com­mis­sion of crime, breach of bail, driv­ing with­out a li­cence, mak­ing un­nec­es­sary noise or smoke and fail­ing to com­ply with the re­quire­ment to stop his car.

The 19-year-old was fined a to­tal of $990, sen­tenced to a to­tal of six months im­pris­on­ment, plus a fur­ther four months im­pris­on­ment due to sus­pended sen­tences be­ing in­voked. He was re­leased on pa­role im­me­di­ately for the to­tal bal­ance of 10 months.

On June 18 at 4.05pm, po­lice ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at a Herbert Street ad­dress where they lo­cated 0.9g cannabis, an­other 2.7g of cannabis, a bowl con­tain­ing 0.3g cannabis, 0.1g ice, two wa­ter pipes, a glass pipe and a se­ries of pills.

The 19-year-old was taken to the watch house, where a search of his phone re­vealed a mes­sage say­ing “I can do 10g for $100”.

Paradies was then given bail, but he failed to re­port as required on Au­gust 13.

On Au­gust 20 he handed him­self in. Mean­while, on Au­gust 16 at 9.08pm, po­lice were con­duct­ing road­side breath tests when a black Ford Fal­con stalled and skid­ded to a halt on Shute Har­bour Road near the Air­lie Beach CBD.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Smith said the driver spun his wheels, cre­at­ing smoke be­fore stop­ping 100m south of Her­mitage Drive.

She said Paradies again pro­duced ex­ces­sive noise and smoke be­fore rac­ing away.

On Au­gust 20 at 5.18pm he was in­ter­viewed and ad­mit­ted to driv­ing the car.

Checks re­vealed he had no li­cence.

He was held in cus­tody from this date.

Duty lawyer An­toinette Mor­ton told the court that Paradies had been di­ag­nosed with ADHD at age 10 and was cur­rently serv­ing a sus­pended sen­tence in re­la­tion to drug mat­ters.

“I was con­fi­dent of see­ing you again,” Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist said.

“Ev­ery­thing I’ve heard to­day, I’ve heard be­fore. The best thing for you is to get out of this area.”

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