A MAN claimed had counterfeit money after he sold his TV/VCR on Gumtree was sentenced in Mandurah Magistrates Court today.
David Thomas Ryan (53) pleaded guilty to knowingly possessing counterfeit money, being the owner or lessee permits use of premises, possessing methylamphetamine and possessing drug paraphernalia in which a prohibited drug was found.
On December 15 in Golden Bay, Ryan was stopped by police and $300 of counterfeit money was found during a search in his car.
Police then searched his Halls Head home, where a plate in his bedroom holding one gram of cocaine was found.
Ryan said he knew it was there and his friend was using the drug.
In the spare bedroom, a glass smoking pipe was found with traces of the cocaine.
In Ryan’s bedroom on the bedside table draws, 0.93 grams of methylamphetamine was found in a Clipsal bag.
The defence lawyer said the counterfeit money was handed to him by a person he sold his TV/VCR to on Gumtree, but it was not obvious to him at the time the money was fake.
Previously a chef for 15 years, the lawyer said Ryan was not currently working but had a strong work record.
The lawyer said Ryan has been a carer for his mother and has been struggling since.
Magistrate Anne Longden said he pleaded guilty at the first opportunity to drugs.
She said it was a shame he had been struggling as he has a strong working record.
Magistrate Longden sentenced Ryan to a six-month community based order and to take part in a program.