Wake up to yourself: court

"YOU had better wake up to yourself” was the stern warning given to a young man facing a number of charges in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court yesterday.

Gregory James Coulson pleaded guilty to three drug-related charges and three breaches of bail conditions.

The court heard Coulson was in possession of “a substantial quantity of cannabis” when Hervey Bay police executed a search warrant in Point Vernon on February 22.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Jeanette Grigoris said police “could smell the cannabis as soon as they entered (the house)” and soon found Coulson trying to hide a number of bags of the drugs under his bed.

The court heard the weight of the bags ranged from three grams to 116 grams.

There were also various drug utensils found at the scene.

Snr Const Grigoris said Coulson had a history of drug offences, most recently in September last year.

The breaches of bail were related to a condition he report to Hervey Bay Police Station, which Snr Const Grigoris said Coulson had failed to do on three occasions from February 25 to March 4.

Defence solicitor Trinity McGarvie told the court her client was hoping to relocate to Brisbane in an effort to rehabilitate himself.

She said Coulson's breaches of bail occurred because he could not read his bail undertaking which documented the need to report to the police station.

Magistrate Tom Killeen was unimpressed with this line of argument, saying reading difficulties were “no excuse”.

Mr Killeen said the conditions would have been read to Coulson and he could have asked others for help if he needed it.

Mr Killeen warned Coulson he was “extremely close to getting sent to jail” and had better wake up to himself if he wanted to avoid that fate. Coulson was fined $2100.



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