Break the habit or move state

PLANS of becoming a flight attendant were up in the air for a woman, 21, when she appeared in Gympie Magistrates Court this week on drug charges. Misty Lee Stevans asked the magistrate not to record a conviction against her because it would jeopardise her employment opportunities with an airline once she finished her studies.

Stevans, of Oak Street, was charged on July 14 for possessing a dangerous drug, cannabis, and property used in connection with the offence. She was placed on a good behaviour bond for six months and no conviction was recorded.

With no plans to give up the habit, Scott Matthew Bayliss was told to move somewhere where cannabis was legal when he appeared before the magistrate on drug charges for the second time this year charged with possession of a dangerous drug, and utensils used in connection with the offence.

“If you don’t want to give it up you will have to move somewhere where it is not illegal,” Magistrate Maxine Baldwin told Bayliss and added, “Work out where you want to live and what rules you have to abide by to live there.” Bayliss, of Violet Street, Gympie, was placed on a good behaviour bond for six months.

Last time Lisa Jane Rose was before Gympie Magistrates Court, she took the blame for a crime because it was committed in her house, she said. This time Rose, 41, of Lindsay Street, Southside, told the court the bong and scissors used to smoke cannabis were hers. “I don’t have a habit,” she said and was placed on a $300 bond to be of good behaviour with the condition she attends a drug information session.

Joshua Edward McDowell, 26, of Wadell Road, Two Mile, was placed on a bond to be of good behaviour for 12 months for charges of possession of dangerous drugs, cannabis and possession of two pipes used to smoke it. No conviction was recorded.

Steven Geoffrey Jones, 46, said he couldn’t break the habit when he was in court charged with possession of a pipe used to smoke cannabis. Jones, of Cerebus Court, Cooloola Cove, was fined $200.

Gympie Times


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