Promising young man turns to drugs after cousin dies
AN Oakey man with a once-promising future faced the Magistrate Court on numerous drug charges after police found a sleeve of pills in his car.
Police prosecutor senior constable Jodie Tahana told the court that on May 27, Oakey police conducted a routine licence check on Trevor Roy Wattus when they discovered drugs and weapons.
"Police pulled the defendant over for a routine check," Cst Tahana said.
"After the defendant presented with suspicious behaviour, the police conducted a search of the vehicle where they found a sleeve of 10 Diazepam tablets.
"When police questioned the defendant he was unaware that it was illegal to posses the pills without a prescription."
Const Tahana also explained the court police found digital scales with cannabis flakes and a butterfly knife on Wattus.
"The defendant admitted that all of the property belonged to him, telling police for his own use and to give to his friends."
Police later conducted a search warrant at Wattus' home where they found used needles and a pipe to smoke cannabis.
Wattus' lawyer Michael McElhinney told the court the 22-year-old man had been struggling after the death of two close family members earlier this year.
"My client is a 22-year-old man who has no previous history with drug use," Mr McElhinney said.
"He has instructed me that he has gone down this path after two close family members passed in a short space of one another.
"He has had steady employment since the age of 15, this seems to just be a mere slip up in judgment."
Empathetic to the difficult circumstances the defendant has faced, Magistrate Tracy Mossop asked Wattus to rethink his decisions moving forward.
"Resorting to drugs is not the solution to the pain I'm sure you are currently feeling," Judge Mossop said.
"While you might think that quick high you get from it helps, it's actually poisoning your mind."
Wattus was fined $1050.
No conviction was recorded.