Drug possession leads to increased sentence
A Titahi Bay man has had 80 hours added to his community work sentence after being found with drugs and a weapon in his car.
Jypsyn Robert McLean, 39, was stopped by police in Ranui on November 2, Porirua District Court heard last Tuesday.
When an officer approached his driver window, McLean had a 33-gram bag of cannabis in his lap. Police then searched his car and found a set of brass knuckles.
McLean had no explanation for the cannabis, but said the brass knuckles were given to him by a friend, police prosecutor Mike Craig said.
That was backed up by McLean’s lawyer Louise Brown, who said the brass knuckles were a gift that McLean inten- ded to display on his wall. ‘‘ He had no intention to use them in a fighting sense,’’ Ms Brown said.
Judge John Walker sentenced McLean to 80 hours’ community work on top of his current sentence. He urged McLean to get sober. ‘‘Drug use is a big part of your life, and has been for some time, but you’ve made a decision about that and you’re not interested in being drug-free,’’ Judge Walker told him.
‘‘ You need to think about whether you want to spend the rest of your life being sentenced or deal with the issue that brought you here.’’