Drug pos­ses­sion leads to in­creased sen­tence

Kapi-Mana News - - COURT/NEWS -

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.’’

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