Drug case ad­journed

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

CON­FU­SION reigned over the case of a prisoner ap­pear­ing in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court this week, re­gard­ing ex­tra charges that had come to light.

Damien Christo­pher Wil­liams ap­peared in court via a video link with the Capri­cor­nia Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre where he has been be­hind bars for more than two months.

Wil­liams has been charged with at­tempt­ing to pervert jus­tice, pos­sess­ing ex­plo­sives, break and en­ter, fail­ing to prop­erly dis­pose of nee­dles and sy­ringes, pos­sess­ing and sup­ply­ing drugs and pos­sess­ing items used in the com­mis­sion of crime.

Duty lawyer Lach­lan Ygoa-McKe­own was about to ask for an ad­journ­ment so he could make sub­mis­sions to the pros­e­cu­tion about the drug sup­ply charge when mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist asked them both if they were aware of three fresh charges.

Mr St­jern­qvist said ac­cord­ing to his records Wil­liams was now also charged with the un­law­ful sup­ply of am­phet­a­mines be­tween Au­gust 24 and Septem­ber 29 and pos­sess­ing meth am­phet­a­mine and prop­erty con­nected with drug sup­ply on Jan­uary 1.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Smith said she was aware there were fur­ther charges pending but did not re­alise they had been trans­ferred to the court.

“Con­fu­sion reigns Mr Wil­liams,” Mr St­jern­qvist an­nounced, de­cid­ing to ad­journ all mat­ters to March 30 by which time the ad­min­is­tra­tive as­pects should be sorted out.

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