Sus­pended sen­tence

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A MAN who the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court was told had “not been en­gag­ing ap­pro­pri­ately” with his pro­ba­tion or­der, nar­rowly es­caped a pe­riod of ac­tual im­pris­on­ment this week.

Jack Thomas Sorensen was re-sentenced for his orig­i­nal drug-re­lated of­fences, re­ceiv­ing a to­tal of six months im­pris­on­ment, wholly and im­me­di­ately sus­pended for an op­er­a­tional pe­riod of 12 months and a $330 fine, after plead­ing guilty to con­tra­ven­ing his pro­ba­tion or­der.

The court heard that the or­der was made on July 16, 2014.

Duty lawyer Sher­rie Meade said Sorensen had since left the Air­lie Beach area to move in with his par­ents in Townsville.

She said he had made con­tact with the Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tive Ser­vices there, and had not been us­ing any drugs.

“He’s try­ing very hard to get his life back on track,” she said.

Nonethe­less, a depart­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tive said Sorensen had failed to re­port and sup­ply urine sam­ples on four oc­ca­sions, there­fore “we’d not be chang­ing our rec­om­men­da­tion to re-sen­tence”.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist ruled that Sorensen’s com­pli­ance with the or­der had been “re­ally poor” and that there had been am­ple op­por­tu­nity to “re-en­gage”.

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