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Supreme Court bail granted, major drug possession dropped, sentence before Rockhampton Supreme Court

Updated: Sep 7, 2023

On the 10th of February 2021, police executed a search warrant on a thirty-six (36) year old Gladstone resident. As a result of the search, he was charged with nine (9) serious drug offences, including the possession of twenty-eight (28) grams of methylamphetamine. He then appeared in the Gladstone Magistrates Court the next day and bail was refused. The client later contacted Nick Crawford of our office who reviewed the brief of evidence and provided advice in relation to an application for bail before the Brisbane Supreme Court. This application was heard on 2nd of September 2021.

Lengthy submissions were made before the court in relation to the strength of the evidence in relation to the most significant charge of possessing dangerous drugs exceeding schedule 3. The client was granted Supreme Court bail despite his extensive criminal history.

Our office drafted a submission regarding the substantive charge stating that there was no evidence to suggest it was our client who had thrown the bag of drugs out the unit’s window, and that it could have been another tenant. The prosecution accepted this submission, and the substantive charge was dismissed. The matter then proceeded to sentence in the Rockhampton Supreme Court for the remaining charges, in which Mr Crawford and Nick Brown of Counsel appeared on the 28th of July 2022. At this time, the Director of Public Prosecutions submitted that the client serve a further 6 months of actual custody, however Justice Crow sentenced our client to 2 years imprisonment with immediate parole. As such, our client was not required to serve any further time in prison.

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