‘Druggie’ warned about fatal reality of carrying knives
A SELF confessed “druggie” busted with cocaine, ice, ecstasy and a spring knife has been told the harsh truth about the dangers of carrying weapons.
Acting Magistrate John Aberdeen said “we see almost weekly someone in a group of people somewhere has suffered fatal stab wounds”.
“Carrying knives does cost lives,” Mr Aberdeen told Ryelle Thomas Francis Parsons.
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Police stopped him on May 9 last year on Milton St and checks revealed he was wanted on a warrant.
Officers also found Parson with 1.8 grams of methylamphetamines, 0.649 grams of cocaine, two ecstasy pills and eight diazepam pills along with a used drug pipe and a knife in his pocket.
Prosecutor Chelsea Pearson said Parsons told police he “was a druggie”.
Then on February 11 this year, when police searched an address in East Mackay, Parsons was again found possessing a spring-loaded knife and more ecstasy.
He pleaded guilty in Mackay Magistrates Court to 11 charges including possessing a weapon, possessing a knife, possessing drugs and drug utensils.
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“I have no doubt … you have a number of difficulties,” Mr Aberdeen said.
“And it looks to me like you’re going to be dealing with these for quite some time.”
Mr Aberdeen said Parsons really had no criminal history apart from one fail to appear and his “intense” drug use had taken place over a limited time frame.
The court heard Parsons had been misdiagnosed and medicated incorrectly which had impacted his mental health and subsequent offending.
Mr Aberdeen told Parsons he could understand why, in his state of mind, he would have felt anxious and the need to carry a knife for protection
“The reality is people who carry knives may well be put in a position where they may will have to use them,” Mr Aberdeen said.
Parsons’s lawyer pushed for drug diversion, to which Mr Aberdeen agreed and he added Parsons would only “lose” if he continued with his drug use.
Parsons was placed on nine months probation and a four-month good behaviour bond under which he will have to attend drug counselling.
He was also fined $650. Convictions were not recorded