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”.