Shepparton News

Fined over charges

- By Alex Mitchell

A man who fell asleep in his ute while it was still running has been fined in the Shepparton Magistrate­s’ Court.

William Forder, 24, pleaded guilty to possessing both methamphet­amine and cannabis and possessing a prohibited weapon.

Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Fiona Kennedy told the court police were contacted on May 14 at 6 am regarding a vehicle that had been parked out the front of a Dhurringil­e address for 90 minutes, still running with its headlights on.

It was heard police attended at 6.17 am and found Forder hunched over in his vehicle, and that he did not move when police attempted to wake him.

When they opened the vehicle and woke him, Forder was confused as to where he was and how he had got there.

Leading Sen Constable Kennedy said police found a slingshot and a bag containing methamphet­amine and cannabis when he and his vehicle were searched.

Defence counsel Kate Martin said Forder could not remember much of the incident, and that drugs had been a problem for him.

She said he had been clean for 18 months prior to the offending before ‘‘falling off the wagon’’, and had been clean since, including passing drug screens his father had made him take.

Magistrate David Faram imposed a $500 fine.

“It sounds to me like you're heading in the right direction,” he said.

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In court: The man was fined $500.

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