Drug habit lands Mt Morgan man in court
IT WAS déjà vu for Mt Morgan's Jeramiah Owen Warriner when police turned up to his house twice in two months and found his stash of cannabis both times.
Warriner, 29, pleaded guilty to a string of offences in Rockhampton Magistrate Court on Friday including five drug related charges.
The court heard police conducted a search warrant on March 14 at Warriner's Mt Morgan home were they found a Quicksilver bag in Warriner's bedroom that contained 18.5 grams of cannabis in a number of clip sealed bags. A bong and a grinder was also found in the residence.
Prosecutor Clancy Fox told the court Warriner admitted to police that he smoked cannabis for pain relief for a back injury and used the grinder to chop up the cannabis.
History repeated itself again on May 29 when police again conducted a search warrant on the Mt Morgan property where he lives with his partner and three children.
The court heard police found 1g of cannabis on the kitchen bench, 18.4g in a black cloth bag and a bong in the laundry.
Warriner also pleaded guilty to one charge of being a public nuisance after causing a scene in the waiting room of the Mt Morgan Hospital on June 2.
Mr Fox told the court Warriner became physically agitated in the waiting room after being told by staff that his travel documents had to be handed in by a certain time that day.
The court heard Warriner started yelling profanities at the staff and the young children in the waiting room showed physical signs of fear. Warriner snatched his medical papers from a staff member and left the building.
Magistrate Cameron Press gave Warriner a stern warning about his drug use and public behaviour."It is clear you must get rehabilitation because if you come back you will go to jail," Magistrate Press said.
"You must also understand creating a public nuisance in a hospital where staff members are helping members of the public is not tolerated, I've sent people to jail for that."
Warriner was sentenced to 12 months' probation for his drug offences and fined $500 with a conviction recorded for being a public nuisance.