Disabled man rejected from six rehab centres

A LAWYER has slammed drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres after six rejected his disabled client.

Patrick John Weribone was sentenced in Dalby Magistrates Court on Tuesday for possessing ice, cannabis and drug utensils in St George last year.

The court heard wheelchair-bound Weribone was turned away from rehabilitation centres due to his disability.

Defence lawyer Peter Sloane said it was "disgusting" a person with serious health issues could not access rehabilitation.

"They refuse to take him because of his disability, because they do not have disability facilities," Mr Sloane said.

"The government sets up rehabilitation centres and then refuse a person who needs it most because they don't have wheelchair access.

"They have it up to the door but then they don't have it for the bathroom, bedding, residential.

"They say 'goodbye and off you go'."

Weribone, who had his leg amputated due to diabetes in 2012, was receiving assistance from Goondir Health Services in Dalby.

He also pleaded guilty for failing to appear in St George Magistrates Court.

Magistrate Kay Ryan said she was amazed there appeared to be no rehabilitation centres which could currently accommodate Weribone.

"You can't keep going the way you are with the drugs, because you will end up in prison," Ms Ryan said.

Ms Ryan handed Weribone a four month prison term for the charges.

He was released on parole on Tuesday.


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