Drug ac­cused pushes for home de­ten­tion

Southern Telegraph - - NEWS - Pierra Wil­lix

A man al­legedly found with 194g of methy­lam­phetamine in his bed­room, which was only ac­ces­si­ble through a pin pad, will be con­sid­ered for home de­ten­tion.

Riki John Baker ap­peared in Rock­ing­ham Mag­is­trate’s Court by video link from Ca­sua­r­ina Prison last Fri­day and is fac­ing 13 charges, rang­ing from hav­ing ready ac­cess to weapons, cash and il­le­gal drugs, pos­ses­sion of cannabis and methy­lam­phetamine, pos­ses­sion of a firearm and pos­ses­sion of stolen or un­law­fully ob­tained prop­erty.

Dur­ing the bail ap­pli­ca­tion hear­ing, the court was told that dur­ing a raid on Mr Baker’s home in Cooloongup, po­lice un­cov­ered the methy­lam­phetamine, $ 30,000 in cash, a shot­gun and hand­gun, as well as other items.

Po­lice said Baker was a “risk to the com­mu­nity” if he was re­leased, and that he had breached bail twice in the past few years.

How­ever, de­fence lawyer Terry Dob­son dis­puted many of the charges, and said items like the methy­lam­phetamine and a mo­bile phone were not Mr Baker’s. “There are no sug­ges­tions he was a king­pin,” he said.

Dur­ing a de­bate on whether Mr Baker should be granted bail, his de­fence lawyer sug­gested a phone seized by po­lice that had text mes­sages in­di­cat­ing the sale of drugs was not his client’s; how­ever, this was dis­puted by the po­lice prose­cu­tor. A home de­ten­tion re­port was or­dered by Mag­is­trate Leanne Atkins, who will then con­sider the pos­si­bil­ity of bail.

Mr Baker will next ap­pear again in court in Fe­bru­ary.

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