COURT: Roma teen dad sentenced over multiple drug offences
A Roma Magistrate advised a teenage dad that he should stop racking up fines for various offences, and instead put the money towards his partner and one-year-old child.
Kurt Kevin Richardson, 19, pleaded guilty to four offences in the Roma Magistrates Court on Tuesday, March 2, including possessing property suspected of being used in connection with commission of a drug offence, possessing utensils, possessing drugs, unlawful possession of restricted drugs and contravene direction or requirement of police.
The court heard police officers raided his home at 3pm on February 12 and when questioned, Richardson told officers he used cannabis resin out of his bongs that he's already smoked and uses it to smoke again.
"Just over three grams of cannabis resin was found," police prosecutor sergeant Heather Whiting said.
"The defendant said he did not have a prescription for tablets that were found, but said they're were for sores on his buttocks."
Solicitor Leslee Reed told Magistrate Peter Saggers that her client is young and a cook at McDonald's with a one year old child.
"Police attended his home with a warrant and asked if he had anything to declare and he stated he had utensils," Ms Reed said.
"He co-operated with police and pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.
"He instructs he didn't attend the police station as he works long hours and simply forgot but did attend 10 days later."
Magistrate Saggers advised Richardson that he should have hard think about the way he spends his money and time.
"You keep racking up fines for various things … you are doing these long shifts to then pay fines … it's money you're throwing away that could go towards your partner and child, rather than what you're doing," he said.
The defendant was fined $1000 and the conviction was recorded.
"You might want to think about the way you're spending your money and time, but that's a matter for you," Magistrate Saggers said.