Man 'takes the rap' for cannabis found in car at footy field

JOHN Lionel Lowrey left Rockhampton Magistrates Court in a wave of confusion on Thursday after pleading guilty to a drug charge then telling the court he "took the rap".

Lowrey appeared in court charged with one count of possessing dangerous drugs and one count of possessing utensils after being caught with cannabis.

The court was told police observed a car parked at the rear of the touch football fields in Reaney St, Rockhampton, at 3pm on December 30.

"Police located two people in the vehicle, Lowrey was in the passenger seat," prosecutor Clancy Fox said.

Police said the two of them appeared nervous.

About 0.6g of cannabis was found in the vehicle in a bag with a brass pipe that had black residue on it," Mr Fox said.

Magistrate Cameron Press asked Lowrey if he was working and Lowrey shook his head.

"Then how can you afford to pay for cannabis?" Mr Press said.

Lowrey, who pleaded guilty to both charges, said the cannabis was not his.

"To be honest, sir, it wasn't mine but I had nothing to lose so I took the rap," he said.

Lowrey was sentenced to 10 months probation and ordered to participate in drug rehabilitation.



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