Drug find has ‘sin­is­ter over­tones’

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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.

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