Man fined $1000 for offences
A PLASTIC bag containing 1.7 grams of marijuana was for the celebration of his first-born grandchild, according to a defendant in the Rockhampton Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.
The 43-year-old man had been caught driving while his licence was suspended, in an unregistered vehicle and having a dangerous drug in his possession.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Joe Aboud said police followed a vehicle south over the Fitzroy Bridge before pulling over the vehicle being driven by Jody Richardson.
The car's registration had expired on November 5.
"At the time police asked the defendant about his driver's licence. He said he didn't have it on him," Sgt Aboud said.
A check found Richardson's licence had been suspended on November 2 for three months due to an accumulation of demerit points.
Police also found a plastic bag in the vehicle containing 1.7 grams of marijuana.
Sgt Aboud said Richardson told police he had purchased the marijuana a few days earlier to celebrate the birth of his first grandchild.
The court heard Richardson claimed the vehicle was his daughter's, who was in hospital at the time.
Magistrate Barry Cosgrove disqualified Richardson from driving for six months and fined him $400 for driving while having a suspended licence, $400 for driving an unregistered vehicle and $200 for the marijuana charge.