Knock, knock

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

ONE Proser­pine man learned the hard way not to ig­nore po­lice when they knock on your front door – es­pe­cially if you are in clear sight.

At 12am on March 30, Proser­pine po­lice at­tended the home of Aaron William Don­ald Fer­gu­son, 26, on an un­re­lated mat­ter.

When Fer­gu­son re­fused to open the door, of­fi­cers looked in­side a win­dow and not only saw Fer­gu­son but a water pipe sit­ting on a ta­ble nearby, plus other items pos­si­bly re­lated to the other mat­ter.

Pros­e­cu­tor Bern­hard Berger said af­ter about two min­utes Fer­gu­son opened the door to of­fi­cers, who were im­me­di­ately met with the smell of mar­i­juana.

Of­fi­cers con­ducted a search and found 3g of green leafy ma­te­rial on a din­ing ta­ble and seized the plas­tic water pipe seen from out­side. Fer­gu­son ad­mit­ted to own­ing the mar­i­juana and water pipe.

On March 30, Fer­gu­son was re­leased on a bail un­der­tak­ing made in Proser­pine, with con­di­tions in­clud­ing a cur­few re­quir­ing him to be home be­tween 9pm and 7am.

At 10.55pm on April 1, po­lice at­tended Fer­gu­son’s home to

con­duct a cur­few check. His part­ner, who was home at the time, said he was not there af­ter leav­ing at 10.40pm to get a cig­a­rette lighter from a friend’s house.

At 9.50pm on April 2, po­lice ar­rested Fer­gu­son for breach­ing his cur­few.

Duty lawyer Cleo Re­wald said ear­lier that night Fer­gu­son had a visit from a friend, who took his only cig­a­rette lighter home. It was when Fer­gu­son left to re­trieve the lighter that po­lice ar­rived.

Mag­is­trate Si­mon Young sen­tenced Fer­gu­son, who pleaded guilty, to one month im­pris­on­ment with an im­me­di­ate pa­role re­lease, fined him $1000 and or­dered the for­fei­ture of uten­sils.

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