CCO for driv­ing un­der in­flu­ence of ice

Mansfield Courier - - HIGH COUNTRY FESTIVAL - SUR­PRISE:

A DRIVER who pleaded guilty to driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of the drug ice on three oc­ca­sions has walked away with a 12 month Com­mu­nity Cor­rec­tions Order.

The case was heard dur­ing the most re­cent sit­ting of the Mans­field Mag­is­trates Court – with t hose i n at­ten­dance shocked to hear it was not the Han­nalore Steiger­wald was de­light­fully sur­prised last week when her golf­ing buddy, Jan Wright, sur­prised her with a spe­cial lunch.

Cel­e­brat­ing her 50th year in Aus­tralia, Jan dec­o­rated a table in the Round­about café with Aus­tralian flags, lit­tle koalas and even a spe­cial Ozzie boiled fruit cake.

Han­nah was born in Ger­many, and came to Aus­tralia to fol­low in the foot­steps of her two brothers.

Re­call­ing that she “was only meant to stay for two years”, last Wed­nes­day marked her half cen­tury in Aus­tralia.

Jan and Han­nalore met on the golf course – like many good friends do – and Jan laugh­ingly rem­i­nisced over lunch, say­ing she had taught Han­nalore the value of some true blue Aus­tralian words – such as the ver­nac­u­lar use of “bloody”. de­fen­dant’s first case of drug driv­ing - the po­lice prose­cu­tor ex­plain­ing there were pri­ors on record.

At least one of the of­fences, which oc­curred over a four month pe­riod, was com­mit­ted when the de­fen­dant was on a P plate li­cence, pro­vid­ing an ex­pla­na­tion that he “was just driv­ing over to see my girl­friend”.

The first of­fence oc­curred in Jan­uary this year when the de­fen­dant, driv­ing a Holden sta­tion wagon, was in­ter­cepted dur­ing a rou­tine check.

Asked to per­form an oral fluid test, two il­licit drugs were de­tected - in­clud­ing metham­phetamine.

The fol­low­ing in­ci­dent was when the de­fen­dant was asked to per­form an oral test dur­ing a rou­tine in­spec­tion in early March.

Again, metham­phetamines were de­tected, along with a mix­ture of cannabis.

Ex­plain­ing that he was “just go­ing to work” when the po­lice in­ter­cepted him, the de­fen­dant was asked to ac­com­pany them back to the po­lice sta­tion.

In April the de­fen­dant failed a third oral fluid test, again test­ing pos­i­tive for metham­phetamine.

“He needs some se­ri­ous help,” Mag­is­trate Annabel Hawkins said when hear­ing the case.

“This is not the first drug driv­ing of­fence – he has pri­ors – some­thing needs to be done.

“This is not nor­mal be­hav­iour.”

The case was stood down for the de­fen­dant to be as­sessed, af­ter which time he was sen­tenced to a 12 months’ Com­mu­nity Cor­rec­tions Order (CCO).

A CCO is a flex­i­ble sen­tence that is served in the com­mu­nity – such as by per­form­ing com­mu­nity ser­vice works.

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