Jail sen­tence for mul­ti­ple fraud and drug charges

Pinjarra Murray Times - - NEWS -

A MAN who used the de­tails of bank cards to buy goods to the value of about $23,000 was sen­tenced to nine months jail when he ap­peared in Man­durah Mag­is­trates Court on Oc­to­ber 16.

Daniel Wil­liam Smith pleaded guilty to 34 counts of gains ben­e­fit by fraud, pos­sess­ing a pro­hib­ited drug (MDMA), pos­sess­ing drug para­pher­na­lia and two counts of pos­sess­ing stolen or un­law­fully ob­tained prop­erty.

Mag­is­trate Anne Long­den said the of­fences were com­mit­ted be­tween Jan­uary and July 2016 and June 2017. She said some of the of­fences oc­curred while Smith was on bail.

Ms Long­den said Smith used dif­fer­ent de­tails on bank cards he claimed to have found in a bin to buy goods worth about $23,000.

Dur­ing a search po­lice found Smith to be in pos­ses­sion of ec­stasy and an ex­pen­sive watch that had been stolen dur­ing a bur­glary.

Lawyer Mal­colm Ay­oub said Smith had three chil­dren and a part­ner. Smith was on New­start and had a job op­por­tu­nity. He was also the carer for his sick mother.

Mr Ay­oub said Smith had a long-en­trenched drug prob­lem and had an ap­point­ment to be part of a res­i­den­tial drug pro­gram.

Ms Long­den said there had been a trau­matic event in Smith’s child­hood and he had turned to drugs to cope.

She said she had placed Smith on an or­der to pro­vide him with an op­por­tu­nity to ad­dress fac­tors un­der­ly­ing his drug use.

Ms Long­den said Smith used ex­cuses for not com­ply­ing. She read a re­port which said Smith had con­tin­ued to use il­licit drugs, he had failed to at­tend some ap­point­ments and had dis­en­gaged with coun­cil­lors.

Ms Long­den said Smith now claimed to be six months drug free, but she did not con­sider he had com­plied with the or­der.

Smith was made el­i­gi­ble for pa­role.

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