Man resorts to cannabis for pain relief of workplace injury

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 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 a bedroom and another in the lounge room.

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

Defence lawyer William Prizeman said 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.

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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