Ex-martial arts competitor changes mind in court
AN EX-MARTIAL arts competitor, who had his nunchaku and drugs seized after a police raid, changed his mind mid-sentence in court.
Michael Liedtke pleaded guilty to possessing the restricted item, dangerous drugs and utensils used for drugs, in Kingaroy Magistrates Court on November 5.
Kingaroy police officers executed a search warrant at a Jean St residence at 7.45am on Thursday, October 18.
Prosecutor Pepe Gangemi said the 31-year-old Kingaroy man was allegedly found to be in possession of two pipes, bongs, and scales used to weigh the 14g of marijuana found, as well as the nunchaku.
Defence lawyer Chris Campbell said Liedtke used to compete in martial arts, and previously held a certificate allowing him to hold restricted items like the nunchaku.
“But his certificate was outdated,” Mr Campbell said.
Sgt Gangemi said Liedtke was at risk of a suspended sentence due to the 20 drug related entries on his record.
“This is repetitive behaviour,” he said.
Mr Campbell said the marijuana was for Liedtke’s personal use only.
“I suggested court may want to impose a probation order, but he refused,” he said.
Magistrate Louisa Pink said it was her preference for Liedtke to do probation.
“As long as you continue to possess and use drugs, you’re at risk of being arrested and charged and back before the courts,” she said.
“I’ve been told you’ve refused to do a probation order and I think imposing another fine and another fine wouldn’t work, you’re beyond that.”
Magistrate Pink began to explain the conditions for a suspended sentence when Mr Campbell said the defendant changed his mind.
“My client has given me instruction that he would now accept a probation order,” he said.
“I guess the gravity of the situation is starting to come home.”
Liedtke received a six month probation order and is required to partake in counselling and other satisfied programs.
Magistrate Pink said he will submit to regular drug analysis testing and participate in therapeutic programs to address his illicit drug use.
“If your drug use is persistent, if you don’t do anything about it, you are expected to address it during the six months,” she said.
“If you keep on smoking and possessing cannabis, you may be charged with further offences.”
He was also fined $400 for possessing a restricted item.
Convictions were recorded.