Get­away ends in drug penal­ties

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Kate Field­ing

Two Lake­lands men on their way down south for the “week­end away of all week­ends away” when po­lice caught them with 42 ec­stasy pills have been fined and re­fused spent con­vic­tions.

Corey Bryce Rozario, 28, and Storm Shel­don Spencer, 23, were pulled over by po­lice on For­rest High­way in Park­field on May 11 when a search of their car un­cov­ered the drugs.

Both ap­peared in Bun­bury Mag­is­trates Court on Thurs­day when they pleaded guilty to pos­sess­ing a pro­hib­ited drug with in­tent to sup­ply

Rep­re­sent­ing both men, de­fence lawyer Michelle Cox said the pair bought the pills from “a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend” and the drugs were for them­selves with “no in­ten­tion to in­volve any­one else”.

Ms Cox said Rozario and Spencer were on their way to a week­end get­away with friends down south, de­scrib­ing it as what they hoped would be the week­end away of all week­ends away.

She said there was no ex­cuse for their “ridicu­lous” and self-in­dul­gent be­hav­iour and that it was sheer stu­pid­ity from two men who had no crim­i­nal his­tory.

Rozario and Spencer pro­vided ref­er­ence let­ters and re­ports to the court, in­clud­ing pathol­ogy re­sults of uri­nal­y­ses test­ing show­ing both were “not usual drug users”.

Ms Cox ar­gued that both men were en­ti­tled to spent con­vic­tions given the “min­i­mal” like­li­hood of them re-of­fend­ing and the ad­verse ef­fects on fu­ture em­ploy­ment.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Sgt Barry Phelps re­sponded that while he ac­cepted both men were of pre­vi­ous good char­ac­ter, the amount of drugs was sig­nif­i­cant and he was con­cerned about their week­end away plans and the harm that could have oc­curred.

Mag­is­trate Leanne Atkins agreed say­ing it was a con­sid­er­able amount of drugs for a “week­end away” and she was not con­vinced crim­i­nal con­vic­tions would be detri­men­tal.

Mag­is­trate Atkins said while both men had “glow­ing ref­er­ences” and had been keep­ing their “noses clean gen­er­ally”, they were “far from triv­ial of­fences”.

Rozario and Spencer were fined $2000 each and or­dered to pay costs of $205.30.

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