A flash way to end up in court
A TASER concealed as a flash light, cannabis and drug utensils were the grounds to land a 20-year-old in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Friday and with $1450 in fines.
Marc Thomas Coyle pleaded guilty to one count each of possessing a weapon namely an electronic anti-personal device, possessing dangerous drugs and possessing drug related utensils after police intercepted his car at the Fitzroy River car park on October 21.
Police found 3.41g of cannabis in two clip seal bags, a plastic dish and a taser in the door compartment.
Coyle initially told police he bought the taser overseas and thought it was legal because it cleared customs.
Defence lawyer Brian McGowran told the court Coyle "miss-led police".
"He only used (the taser) once to scare dogs away," Mr McGowran said.
"It was actually somebody else's taser."
Mr McGowran said Coyle was making plans to move to South Africa to live and work on a large wildlife conservation site.
"If he has a criminal conviction recorded that whole plan will come undone."
Magistrate Michael O'Driscoll did not record convictions.
"Any weapon is a concern to the court," Magistrate O'Driscoll said.
"I will give you the opportunity to travel overseas if that is what you wish," Magistrate O'Driscoll said.