Rockhampton cleaner told to clean up drug habit

RAYMOND Stephen Jarvis was caught twice in one month driving with methylamphetamine and cannabis in his system - while already on probation.

Jarvis pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday to two charges of driving under the influence of drugs.

The first offence, on December 8 was on Stenlake St and the second on December 31 was on Alma St.

Jarvis, who works as a cleaner at an Allenstown business, told Magistrate Cameron Press that he only uses methylamphetamine "rarely".

He said he is the father of three children and works full time.

"So what are you doing if you're a father of three kids with a full time job taking methylamphetamine and cannabis?" Mr Press asked Jarvis.

"Am I meant to feel sympathy?"

Mr Press asked Jarvis how many times he had attended a drug abuse program, to which Jarvis replied he had been three times.

"Because boy, you need it - don't you," Mr Press said.

Mr Press warned Jarvis he would end up behind bars if he kept offended.

"You indeed do have a drug issue, you know do you," he said.

"Sir, to put it bluntly - it is now up to you whether you serve a term (of imprisonment) or not."

Jarvis was sentenced to imprisonment for three months suspended immediately with an operational period of 12 months.

He was also disqualified from driving for four months and fined $500.



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