The Royal Courts of Justice Coat of arms, dieu et mon droit crest, at the Lismore Court House. Photo Jay Cronan / The Northern Star
The Royal Courts of Justice Coat of arms, dieu et mon droit crest, at the Lismore Court House. Photo Jay Cronan / The Northern Star Jay Cronan

Mate 'didn't want friend to get ripped off' in drug deal

A MAN who did not want his friend to be ripped off by a drug dealer so facilitated a cannabis supply was fined $800 in Rockhampton Magistrates Court today.

The court heard Shane Joseph O'Brien's friend was new in town and "asked to get on".

"He didn't want his friend to get ripped off so facilitated through someone he knew who wouldn't do it," defence lawyer Grant Cagney said.

"Because the person was new in town they didn't know anyone to get cannabis from.

"He realises it was wrong to arrange for another person to receive cannabis.

"It sounds silly and it is."

The cour heard O'Brien, 32, was charged with one count of supplying a dangerous drug after police intercepted the car he was driving at The Range on July 21.

When police searched his phone he told them there were messages on it which "facilitated the supply of cannabis for a friend worth $50".

Police prosecutor Josh McLennan told the court the defendant did not make any profit and there was no commerciality alleged.

Magistrate Michael O'Driscoll did not record a conviction.

"It was foolish misconduct on your behalf," Magistrate O'Driscoll said.

"I just don't understand why you got involved in a criminal activity in supplying dangerous drugs."



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