Mother and son face Charleville court after home raided for drugs
An unemployed Charleville man with 11 pages of criminal history has landed not only himself, but his mother in court for a range of drug offences.
Christopher Wayne Tanner, 28, fronted the Charleville Magistrates Court on Monday, January 11 after police raided his mother’s home on Racecourse Drive and located a range of drugs and drug items.
The court heard at 11.50am on Monday, October 26 2020, Charleville police attended the residence and upon entering the home could smell burnt cannabis.
Police prosecutor sergeant Caroline Boodnikoff said multiple people at the residence, including Tanner and his mother Michelle Marion Tanner, were arrested and a range of drug items, including scales, syringes, scissors, stokers, screwdrivers, spoons, homemade water pipe, clipsal bags, used containers and a cone piece were seized.
Sergeant Boodnikoff said the defendant told police all items belonged to him.
“He was on a suspended sentence at the time, and still is, but not for like-offences,” sergeant Boodnikoff said.
“He does have a history of like-natured offences.”
The defence lawyer, Paul Metcalf said his client was born in Cunnamulla, has lived in Charleville for the past six years and is currently unemployed, however has worked as a station hand.
He submitted that Magistrate Peter Saggers not activate his client’s suspended sentence, rather he extends the parole period.
The magistrate told the court the defendant has 11 pages of criminal history and has previously been in prison for similar offences.
Tanner pleaded guilty to failing to take care of syringe or needle, possess property suspected of having been used in connection with the commission of a drug offence and possessing anything for use in the commission of crime.
For each offence, Tanner was given an extra one month on parole.
The conviction was recorded, and the drug items were forfeited.
The 47-year-old mother pleaded guilty for allowing her son to consume drugs while in her home.
Mr Metcalf said the mother doesn’t take drugs and attempts to tell her son to refrain from smoking cannabis, however doesn’t interfere with what he does in his own room.
The magistrate said he understands it would be difficult to control what her 28-year-old son is doing.
She was fined $300 and the conviction was not recorded.