AFTER COURT: Scott Angus Black, the husband of Natasha Ryan, leaving the Rockhampton Magistrates Court after being fined for refusing to be breath-tested.
AFTER COURT: Scott Angus Black, the husband of Natasha Ryan, leaving the Rockhampton Magistrates Court after being fined for refusing to be breath-tested. Emma Mcbryde Rokeblack

Wardrobe girl's man faces court

THE man jailed for harbouring teenage runaway Natasha Ryan for five years was again in court yesterday.

Scott Angus Black, 34, pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court to refusing to take a random breath test.

Police were called to the couple’s North Rockhampton home on March 26 this year after an argument between the pair.

Police prosecutor Matthew Heelan said when approached by police, Black said his wife was upstairs.

His wife told the officers she and Black had argued about moving a Holden Commodore into their garage.

Mr Heelan said Black had refused to take a breath test and the officers arrested him.

He had again refused to co-operate by taking the test when at the police station.

Black’s defence lawyer, Joanne Madden, said he had been drinking heavily and his judgment had been affected. She said Black had lost his job as a driver because his licence was suspended.

Magistrate Cameron Press fined Black $800 and disqualified him from driving for nine months.

The couple has three children, aged seven, five and one, and their mother is studying to be a nurse. On April 10, 2003, police found her hiding in Black’s bedroom cupboard.

Her reappearance coincided with the trial of her alleged killer, Leonard Fraser, in which Black gave evidence that he had not heard from her since her disappearance on August 31, 1998, when she was 14.

After serving 12 months in jail for lying during his testimony, Black married Ryan on September 29, 2008.



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