Rockingham: Man jailed following conviction on 18 drug, driving charges

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A MAN has been jailed after pleading guilty to 18 drugs, weapons and driving-related charges at Rockingham Magistrates Court.

Appearing in custody at Rockingham Magistrates Court on January 22, Glen Te Taniwha Murray pleaded guilty to 18 charges including driving while suspended, giving false details to police, possessing a prohibited weapon, breaching a community based order, possessing smoking implements and possessing methamphetamine.

The prosecutor said Murray was pulled over by police on several occasions last year from July.

She said Murray was stopped by police at an RBT where they found a set of knuckle dusters in a black bag in the passenger foot well of his car.

Murray denied ownership of the weapon, but because of existing suspensions and non-payment of car registration, police seized his car.

On another occasion when he was pulled over by police he told them they did not have to charge him because he only lived “around the corner”.

They also found a glass pipe with meth on it and a metal pipe with cannabis on it. Again, Murray denied ownership.

On another occasion, went caught driving on Ennis Avenue he told police they should not charge him because he was driving his partner’s car.

Police conducted a drugs test and he tested positive to methamphetamines.

The prosecutor said seven of the offences occurred while Murray was on a community based order for similar drugs and driving charges.

The duty lawyer said the facts were accepted and asked for an intensive supervision order as it was evident Murray had a problem with drugs.

Magistrate Leanne Atkins said she had warned Murray at earlier court appearances.

“He has ignored the warning I gave him before. The blatant ignoring of court orders has happened on four separate occasions,” she said.

The duty lawyer agreed and said Murray had abstained from drugs for a few weeks, but still needed significant help with his drug use.

Magistrate Atkins said the court had tried to help him.

“Today you come to me with 18 charges, some of which you were placed on an order, intended to help you with your drug use,” she said.

“Your continued blatant disregard of court orders only warrants a term of immediate imprisonment.”

She sentenced him to a seven month immediate term, disqualified him from driving for a further three and a half years and a ordered a global fine of $3000.

He is eligible for parole.