Emerald Magistrate's Court

MARTIN Brian Coleman will be $1000 out of pocket and hitting the pavement for the next eight months after he pleaded guilty to one charge each of drink driving on a provisional licence and speeding in the Emerald Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Prosecutor Sergeant Robyn Shapcott told the court police intercepted Coleman on Roberts St just before 10.30am on May 26 when he was recorded doing 73km in a 60km zone.

He was breath tested and recorded a 0.096% reading at the police station.

Solicitor Brian Studman said his client had a few drinks after work before driving home, and he accepted he was speeding. The 40-year-old boiler maker was fined $200 for speeding and $800 for drink driving. The traffic convictions were recorded.

SAMUEL Leo Mervyn Ashcroft told Magistrate Cameron Press cannabis helped his appetite when asked if he had anything to say in response to the prosecution’s evidence heard in the Emerald Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Ashcroft pleaded guilty to one count each of producing dangerous drugs and possessing a drug utensil before Sergeant Kevin Ongheen told the court Emerald CIB officers found two cannabis plants in separate pots at an Esmond St home on June 27.

A search warrant of the home also found a water pipe which Sgt Ongheen said smelt of cannabis resin.

One resident was home at the time, and officers identified Ashcroft as the occupant of the room after locating a wallet on a nearby television set.

Ashcroft, who has previous criminal history, told the court he smoked cannabis to help him with his appetite to which Mgst Press told him to seek medical attention.

“You have to stop using it or you’ll end up in jail,” he said.

For producing dangerous drugs, Ashcroft was fined $600 and $250 for possessing a drug utensil.

Convictions were recorded.

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