$1000 fine for trespassing and cannabis

A MAN who police caught trespassing on the Fitzroy River Barrage and in possession of cannabis was fined $1000 in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday.

Benjamin Kerr pleaded guilty to one count each of trespassing and possessing dangerous drugs after police caught up with him twice on the night of March 27.

Police prosecutor Sean Franklin told the court police found Kerr and two other people on the riverbank by the Fitzroy River Barrage at 10.50pm when he told them he did not know he needed permission to use the area.

Kerr was intercepted again at 1.25am on the corner of Fitzroy and West Sts in possession of one gram of cannabis in his wallet.

Kerr told police it was weed and he "did not hurt anyone so should be able to go".

"It's an illicit drug and it's breaking the law," Magistrate Cameron Press told Kerr. No convictions were recorded.



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