Drug find has ‘sinister overtones’
A 23-YEAR-OLD man who was caught with 20 ecstasy pills at Surfers Paradise during Schoolies week will spend the next three months behind bars.
Glen William Lawrence was brought to the Proserpine Magistrate’s Court under police guard on Monday, charged with two counts of stealing and one count each of committing a public nuisance offence and possessing dangerous drugs.
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist noted the stealing and drug charges were from 2014 and committed in southeast Queensland, from where they travelled “up and down the state accruing frequent flyer points”.
Lawrence was caught with the drugs when his car was intercepted in Surfers Paradise at 1.20am on November 25. The 20 tablets of methylenedioxy-methamphetamine were found in a clip seal bag in the glove box.
Police prosecutor Elizabeth Smith said Lawrence was also in possession of a West- pac Visa card that didn’t belong to him and was reported missing at Mt Tamborine on November 14. At 3.45pm on December 3, Lawrence drove his white Holden Rodeo into a petrol station on the Bruce Highway at Maryborough. Ms Smith said he filled up with fuel to the value of $50.01 but told the attendant he’d left his wallet at home. She said he then performed a burnout on the petrol station forecourt and another as he left the site, without paying for the fuel.
The public nuisance charge related to an incident in Airlie Beach on January 30. At 3.30am police were called to a disturbance outside the McDonald’s restaurant where witnesses said Lawrence had struck another man in the face without provocation.
Mention was made of the fact that Lawrence was last before the court on January 12 and 30, when he was imprisoned and placed on parole.
Maree Teys from the Department of Cor- rective Services said his parole had now been cancelled, with a decision on his eligibility to be made when the parole board next met.
Mr Stjernqvist told Lawrence “it doesn’t get much more convoluted than that”.
“And you’ve engineered the whole lot,” he said.
Duty lawyer Sherrie Meade submitted Lawrence had been introduced to drugs at a very young age leading to him becoming “quite addicted”.
Mr Stjernqvist noted the possession of 20 ecstasy tablets during Schoolies week was “dripping with sinister overtones” and said Lawrence’s history was “typical of a person that’s had a long-running issue with illicit substances.
“There’s not a lot to be said in your favour,” he said.
Lawrence was sentenced to a total of nine months imprisonment with a parole release date of June 1.