Drug debt led to fine in court

WHEN a woman couldn’t pay off her drug debt quickly enough, alleged drug dealer David John Jorgensen took matters into his own hands.

He started harassing and threatening her through text messages.

One of many messages said, “You live close to the Kalka so start running (expletive).”

When the messages became too much the woman contacted police on September 18. She told police she had been paying the money off slowly and had been doing favours for Jorgensen to lower the bill.

But she said she became ill and couldn’t make her regular payments anymore.

Yesterday Jorgensen, 47, pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court to using a carriage service to menace or harass and possessing dangerous drugs.

Duty lawyer Lance Rundle said Jorgensen claimed he lent the woman money to pay her rent, not for drugs.

He said the arrangement was to pay back $50 a week, but after two weeks Jorgensen said she stopped.

And despite police also finding 87.5g of cannabis in his home on September 19, he claimed there was no commerciality involved – he said his drug possession was only for personal use.

Mr Rundle said Jorgensen suffered a work accident and morphine was not strong enough for his pain. But acting Magistrate Mark Morrow wasn’t buying his excuses yesterday.

“I don’t accept your excuse,” he said.

“Using it for personal use doesn’t make much sense – I’m not stupid.”

Mr Morrow convicted and fined Jorgensen a total of $1750.

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