Jail time for man on 11 drug, driving and assault charges

A MAN with an "extensive history" of criminal convictions will spend at least two months behind bars after pleading guilty to a string of offences in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court.

Clayton Owen Graham appeared before court yesterday and pleaded guilty to 11 charges ranging from drug possession to driving offences and common assault.

The court heard Graham had been charged with drug and driving offences after police pulled him over on July 13.

Police prosecutor Danita Clarke said Graham was also charged with obstructing police for refusing to follow the officer's instructions when they took him back to the station after finding drug equipment in the car.

When searching Graham at the station, Ms Clarke said officers found a clip-seal bag containing 3.9 grams of amphetamine concealed between his buttocks.

Graham faced similar drug and obstruct police charges after refusing to follow police instruction on August 7.

Ms Clarke said just three days later, while on parole for the August 7 offences, Graham began arguing with a woman at her Farm St address.

She said he used a screwdriver, about 30cm in length, to break a padlock before threatening and striking the woman with it.

Later that day, police observed Graham driving a car which was stopped at traffic lights.

Checks showed his licence was suspended, but when police indicated he should pull over, Graham ignored them and drove through an intersection at speed.

Ms Clarke said Graham had "quite an extensive history" in both the children's and adult court.

Magistrate Cameron Press sentenced Graham to six months imprisonment for the common assault, a total of four weeks for two counts of obstruct police, one month for wilful damage, three months for failing to stop for police and a total of four months for drug possession.

Graham was also fined a total of $1150 for driving without a licence, driving as a learner without supervision and driving under the influence of liquor or drugs.

Graham will be eligible to apply for parole on January 17, 2016.



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