Man fined after using cannabis for 'pain relief'

WHAT lengths would you go to for pain relief?

One Gracemere man resorted to using cannabis after a workplace injury left him with a fused spine.

Shaun Douglas Hoad was in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday, pleading guilty to several charges including possessing dangerous drugs (cannabis) and possessing utensils.

The court heard Hoad, who had to seek permission to stand during the proceedings due to his injury, was found with the items in his residence on October 16 after police executed a search warrant.

In their search officers found a water pipe, two scales, two grinders, two loose hypodermic syringes and six grams of cannabis.

Police prosecutor Constable Manon Barwick said the items were found scattered around the house.

"Police located a water pipe fashioned from an Ice Break bottle inside the kitchen cupboard, located a set of scales in the bedroom and laundry, electric grinder on kitchen bench and garage," she said.

"There was a used syringe in bedroom and another in the lounge room. (Hoad) said he had used both of the needles to inject his dogs with medicine but failed to dispose of them properly.

"A number of overfilling sharps containers were found in reach of the defendant's child."

Defence lawyer William Prizeman heard Hoad was using cannabis as he was "desperate" for pain relief after a work place injury in 2009, which left him requiring a surgical fusion and bone graph.

Hoad was also currently on Oxycontin.

With no criminal history, Magistrate Michael O'Driscoll said a fine was appropriate.

No conviction was recorded and Hoad was fined $1250.
 



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