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.