Shepparton News

Caught with a knife

- By Monique Preston

A man who had 20 valium tablets in his car, as well as being caught with a knife in his possession on two separate occasions, has been fined $750.

Bailey Forrester, 22, pleaded guilty in Shepparton Magistrate­s’ Court to charges including two counts of possessing a prohibited weapon, driving unaccompan­ied, two of possessing prohibited drugs and breach of a good behaviour bond.

Prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Fiona Kennedy told the court when police stopped Forrester while driving in Northumber­land Cres in Shepparton on January 14 he told them he had “a couple of valium tablets” in the vehicle.

A search found two sheets of valium tablets — containing a total of 20 tablets — in the glove box, Leading Sen Constable Kennedy said.

A folding credit card knife was also found in the car.

The court was told Forrester — a learner driver — was not displaying L-plates on the car. Instead he had P-plates fitted.

Leading Sen Constable Kennedy said Forrester was stopped by police in Colliver Rd, Shepparton, on April 24.

Police found a pocket knife in his pants and a small amount of cannabis in a satchel that he was holding.

He was also on bail at the time.

Forrester’s solicitor Shana McDonald told the court her client had a “traumatic upbringing” and had spent most of his teenage years couch surfing.

She said while the weapons charges were a concern, he was co-operative with police and had a limited criminal history.

Forrester was fined $750.

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