Drug court drama for Amamoor man

AMAMOOR man John William Gray pleaded guilty to a number of charges relating to Wednesday's discovery of an illicit drug lab under a house on Amamoor-Dagun Rd.

Gray, 31, was held in custody and appeared in Gympie Magistrates Court dock yesterday, where he refused to be represented by the court's appointed lawyer, barrister Greg Wildie.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns advised Gray to get legal advice because she was seeking a penalty of a lengthy term of imprisonment.

This prompted Gray's mother to ask her son to speak with Mr Wildie.

“Take my advice for once,” she pleaded from the back of court.

“I don't know Mum, I'm scared witless. I don't want some duty lawyer representing me,” Gray said and told the court he slipped back into his old ways after losing his job and breaking up with his girlfriend.

Gray's behaviour in court led Magistrate Maxine Baldwin and his mother to agree that he was “still affected” by drugs. The court also heard Gray committed the drug offences while serving an intensive corrections order for a conviction for similar offences.

He was remanded in custody until Monday on charges of producing a dangerous drug (methylamphetamine), possessing a dangerous drug (cannabis), possessing relevant substances and utensils, including a bong, and for failing to take reasonable care of a syringe and needle.

Gympie Times


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