Ver­dict spins out wed­ding DJ

Un­happy end­ing for man con­victed for sup­ply­ing drug

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

A WED­DING DJ has a sus­pended prison sen­tence hang­ing over his head af­ter he was con­victed of sup­ply­ing cannabis.

Cameron Paul Cur­rey told Proser­pine Mag­is­trates Court on Mon­day he “didn’t re­alise it was a dan­ger­ous drug” af­ter be­ing charged with pos­sess­ing, pro­duc­ing and sup­ply­ing a dan­ger­ous drug and pos­sess­ing a pipe used to smoke a dan­ger­ous drug, as well as pos­ses­sion of a phone used in con­nec­tion with a drug of­fence.

The court heard how Whit­sun­day CBI ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at a home in Ju­bilee Pocket at 2.35pm on July 21.

“The de­fen­dant was not present,” po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Se­nior Con­sta­ble Hannah Beard said. “Po­lice found 68 grams of cannabis wrapped in foil, in­side a clip-seal bag in a pil­low case in the bed­room, as well as a wooden pipe, and in a sec­ond bed­room they found a mo­bile phone that used to be the de­fen­dant’s.

“They were just leav­ing when the de­fen­dant re­turned home and he went with them vol­un­tar­ily to the po­lice sta­tion. On the phone was a text mes­sage from Fe­bru­ary 2016 and the de­fen­dant had sup­plied some­one with $50 of cannabis. When in­ter­viewed he ad­mit­ted sup­ply­ing the per­son with three grams, which they halved.”

Cur­rey told the court he was a “hard-work­ing mem­ber of so­ci­ety with high anx­i­ety”.

“I DJ at wed­dings. Go­ing forward I’ve got new em­ploy­ment and I have made changes in my habits,” he said.

“I’ve stopped smok­ing and re­moved all items from my house­hold. I am not a drug dealer.”

Mag­is­trate Si­mon Young did not agree.

“You are a drug dealer – it might have been only once and a few years ago but you sup­plied it for money and that’s drug deal­ing,” he said.

“This whole de­nial thing is con­cern­ing – I need to know why I shouldn’t send you to jail to­day. It’s a small amount and you have co-op­er­ated with the po­lice but this is a se­ri­ous of­fence, al­beit a first of­fence.”

Mr Cur­rey said he had changed.

“I would like to take own­er­ship of my mis­take and would like the court to help me do so and re­turn to the com­mu­nity.”

Mr Young said he was sat­is­fied the pos­ses­sion was for per­sonal use but he was “not pre­pared to over­look the sup­ply” and sen­tenced Cur­rey to three months’ im­pris­on­ment, sus­pended for 12 months with a con­vic­tion recorded.

He also fined him $1000 for pos­sess­ing the uten­sil and phone.

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