Drug matters lead to court
A MT JULIAN man caught with drugs and utensils will now have to live with the threat of a prison term for the next 12 months.
Luke Mitchell Kinnear pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing drugs and one of possessing drugrelated utensils, in the Proserpine Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
He was followed in approaching the bar table by Joanne Reeves, who stood co-accused and also pleaded guilty to charges of possessing drugs and utensils, as well as a charge of possessing tainted property.
At 10.40am on September 5, Kinnear was the passenger in a blue Kia station wagon, driven by Reeves and intercepted by police on Main Street, Proserpine.
Police prosecutor Elizabeth Smith said both were known to police as drug users and the car was searched.
A quantity of cannabis, a small set of digital scales, a pipe, a white crystal substance suspected of be- ing amphetamine and $120 cash was found.
Reeves reportedly told police the crystal substance was “probably sugar” but admitted she wouldn’t normally carry it in this way.
She also claimed $100 of the money had just been withdrawn from the bank and was there to “pay bills”.
On September 11 at 11.10pm, police again intercepted Kinnear, driving a blue Kia van.
Ms Smith said during a patdown search a clip seal bag containing 0.1g of methyl amphetamine fell from his underwear to the floor.
Ms Smith noted Kinnear had quite a history “beginning to emerge”.
“He’s just continued with his drug offending in my respectful submission and I note that the second time was just six days after [the first],” she said, adding that “a fine is no longer in range”.
“[So] where’s all this going to end up?” magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist asked.
“I just went through your history and put a highlighter on all of your drug [entries] and I nearly ran out of ink.”
Mr Stjernqvist sentenced Kinnear to a total period of six months imprisonment to be wholly and immediately suspended for 12 months.
Meanwhile, Reeves was placed on probation for 15 months.
Just a short time later however, she returned to the court with duty lawyer Sherrie Meade, who tried to have the matter re-opened on her behalf.
Ms Meade said Reeves now wanted to plead not guilty, but Mr Stjernqvist said he could not reopen the case without there being an error.
Reeves was told she now had 28 days to appeal or apply for the matter to be re-heard or set down for argument.