Drugs ease pain, claims cancer patient
By MIKARLA THURECHT
A MAN who claims to have a brain tumour told Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday he needed to smoke drugs to dull the pain.
Stephen Douglas Macarthur, 49, featured in The Morning Bulletin last month when he made an impassioned plea for the tumour to be removed.
He told us he desperately wanted to marry his sweetheart and see their three-yearold daughter grow up.
The former refrigeration mechanic, now on a disability pension, said he had experienced increasing numbers of seizures and wanted the tumour removed despite assurances from doctors that it was not urgent.
Macarthur, of Haynes Street, North Rockhampton, yesterday pleaded guilty to various drugs and a firearms charge.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Darrell Dalton said a police search of Macarthur's home revealed a hydroponic cannabis growing system in a fridge at the back of the house.