Accused drug dealer gets bail to attend rehab

AN ACCUSED Toowoomba drug supplier, who was denied bail earlier this year, has been granted release from jail this week so he can attend a six-month drug rehabilitation program.

Aaron James Garnet Thorne, 25, applied for bail at Brisbane Supreme Court yesterday.

He is facing two strings of drug charges including supplying and possessing drugs.

Justice Jean Dalton said the alleged offences occurred while Mr Thorne was on bail and that he also allegedly breached a suspended sentence.

But she said he had completed a drug rehabilitation program since he was last refused bail in July this year.

The court also heard he had arranged to take part in a six-month drug rehabilitation course if released.

"Having now spent 161 days in custody I think Mr Thorne has had time to sort his thinking out and there has been an enforced break in a fairly hectic round of offending," Justice Dalton said.

She said Mr Thorne had shown his circumstances had changed.

"If there can be some rehabilitation solution rather than imprisonment pending trial I think that is to be favoured," she said.

She also said his alleged offending was not among the most serious to go through the court.

Justice Dalton said his bail conditions should include random drug testing. 



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