Magistrate sees pattern
WHEN Kenneth Leonard McClay, 48, faced Gympie Magistrates Court for charges of production and possession of a dangerous drug (cannabis), Magistrate Maxine Baldwin noted that it had been 12 years since he had been before the court for a similar offence.
“You dabbled in 1986 and then 11 years later another and then another 12 years (to now). Is it safe to assume I'll see you again in 13 years?” she asked McClay who cracked a smile and said he used the drug for back pain.
Mrs Baldwin suggested he move to South Australia or the ACT if he didn't want to get into more trouble over drugs.
The court learned McClay's Widgee home was raided on November 4 and he was caught with one cannabis plant, 30 centimetres in height, and two grams of dried cannabis.
He was fined $600 for producing and placed on a bond to be of good behaviour for six months with the condition he attend a drug rehabilitation program.