Glad­stone dad stuffs drugs in 11-year-old’s stolen BMX bike

The Observer - - NEWS - SARAH BARNHAM Sarah.Barnham@sc­news.com.au

A GLAD­STONE father who avoided po­lice over fears of go­ing to jail was found hid­ing drugs in the han­dle­bars of a BMX bike stolen from a child.

Aaron James Ly­di­ard pleaded guilty in Glad­stone Mag­is­trates Court to sev­eral of­fences, in­clud­ing re­ceiv­ing tainted prop­erty, pos­sess­ing dan­ger­ous

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THE 40-YEAR-OLD HAS FOUR CHIL­DREN, IN­CLUD­ING 14-MONTH-OLD TWINS AND WAS FOUND RID­ING A BIKE THAT HAD BEEN STOLEN FROM AN 11-YEAR-OLD.

drugs and fail­ing to ap­pear.

The 40-year-old has four chil­dren, in­clud­ing 14-mon­thold twins and was found rid­ing a bike that had been stolen from an 11-year-old 10 months prior.

The court heard po­lice ini­tially pulled Ly­di­ard over be­cause he wasn’t wear­ing a hel­met and dis­cov­ered the stolen bike had been spray-painted.

A quick search of the bike found the man had hid­den drugs in the bike’s han­dle­bars.

Ly­di­ard was not charged with steal­ing but rather re­ceiv­ing an item he sus­pected was stolen.

The court also heard the man per­sis­tently failed to ap­pear in court sev­eral times, caus­ing po­lice to search for him. The court was told his fail­ings to ap­pear were not “sim­ple” and on two oc­ca­sions when po­lice at­tended his res­i­dence, he hid from of­fi­cers.

Af­ter an ex­ten­sive search po­lice found Ly­di­ard hid­ing be­hind a lounge chair.

An­other time of­fi­cers found him hid­ing be­hind a mango tree.

De­fence lawyer Jun Pepito said his client did not ap­pear in court be­cause he was “para­noid” of end­ing up in jail.

Mag­is­trate Den­nis Kin­sella said any­one would be “quite con­cerned” about go­ing into cus­tody.

Ly­di­ard has al­ready spent 44 days in cus­tody.

Mag­is­trate Kin­sella sen­tenced him to eight months jail to serve two be­fore pa­role.

He will be re­leased Oc­to­ber 29.

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