Re-offending teen urged to leave the area
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.”