Man, 19, avoids jail sentence after dealing ecstasy tablets

JONATHON James Hare couldn't hide his relief when the judge announced he wouldn't be going to jail.

"Thank you, your honour," was all the 19-year-old Gladstone man could manage to say, but his smile said it all.

Last week, Hare pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Supreme Court to trafficking a dangerous drug, receiving tainted property and possessing utensils.

With no criminal record, an apprenticeship and a supportive family, Justice Duncan McMeekin concluded it was a bad choice in friends which had led the young man astray.

The court heard Hare sold ecstasy pills to his mates between May and September last year.

Crown prosecutor Joshua Phillips said the business was purely for money.

"He wanted to act like a gangster... he has paid the price for that," Mr Phillips said.

He said police observed Hare selling drugs at a nightclub one night last year.

After this, they executed a search warrant on his home where they found $300 cash, a pipe, a bong and a grinder.

Defence barrister David Murray said his client was extremely remorseful for his actions.

"His opportunities for reform are not imaginary, they are real," Mr Murray said.

"He was simply a platform that could be accessed by his friends. There is nothing to suggest he would re-offend."

Justice McMeekin agreed, sentencing Hare to three years imprisonment with immediate parole.



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