Meth-swap man in court

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Pierra Wil­lix and Holly Thomp­son

Each day that you are clean, it is get­ting eas­ier Mag­is­trate Brian Ma­hon

A man who ex­changed 2.5g of methy­lam­phetamine for five stolen surf­boards has ap­peared in court.

Micheal Les­lie Lind­ner, 26, ap­peared in Man­jimup Mag­is­trate’s Court last Thurs­day fac­ing a string of charges, to which he had pre­vi­ously pleaded not guilty.

The court was pre­par­ing for a trial, how­ever, Lind­ner de­cided to change his plea to guilty.

He had been ac­cused of driv­ing on a sus­pended li­cence three times and driv­ing an un­li­censed ve­hi­cle, two counts of pos­ses­sion of stolen or un­law­fully ob­tained prop­erty, tres­pass, steal­ing, driv­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle with­out a hel­met, pos­ses­sion of cannabis and of cul­ti­vat­ing a pro­hib­ited plant.

Po­lice prose­cu­tor Greg Ward said Lind­ner was in pos­ses­sion of 2.5g of methy­lam­phetamine which he swapped for five stolen surf­boards.

On June 1 last year he was also pulled over by po­lice, when 80kg of cop­per wiring worth about $400 was found in his ve­hi­cle.

Mag­is­trate Brian Ma­hon told Lind­ner he was “too old for this non­sense” and pointed to his drug use as an ex­pla­na­tion for the of­fend­ing.

“Meth gives rise to chaos and the only thing on your mind is your next hit,” he said. How­ever, Mr Ma­hon ac­cepted that Lind­ner had worked to turn his life around.

Since be­ing re­leased last week af­ter three months in prison, Lind­ner has passed drug tests, which Mr Ma­hon ac­knowl­edged was no small feat.

“You’ve stepped for­ward and ac­cepted re­spon­si­bil­ity,” he said.

“Each day that you are clean, it is get­ting eas­ier.”

Mr Ma­hon said it would be “un­just” to send Lind­ner to jail and gave him a 12-month sus­pended sen­tence for driv­ing on a sus­pended li­cence.

Lind­ner was also fined more than $4000 for all of the of­fences and was or­dered to pay court costs.

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