BUST: Seven marijuana plants were found at a Rubyvale property. Photo:Sue Ogrocki
BUST: Seven marijuana plants were found at a Rubyvale property. Photo:Sue Ogrocki

Rubyvale man’s backyard home to marijuana plants

A MAN, who grew seven cannabis plants at home, used a bronze candleholder to smoke the drug.

Police attended the Rubyvale address of John Charles Sander about 7.30am on January 29 with a search warrant.

They located a bronze candleholder that had been turned into a bong with a piece of hose attached, Emerald Magistrates Court heard today.

Police also located a brass pipe, set of digital scales and a sieve, all used in relation to smoking cannabis.

The court heard police found seven cannabis plants, ranging from 20cm to 80cm in height, scattered around the backyard.

Sander pleaded guilty to possessing utensils and producing dangerous materials at court today.

He told the court he suffered from PTSD and had been seeing a psychologist for about six months.

Magistrate Robert Walker told Sander it was important he didn’t rely on illicit substances as a form of medication.

Sander was required to be of good behaviour for six-months, to attend a drug and alcohol referral session and told to forfeit the items. No conviction was recorded.


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: A house divided cannot stand

Premium Content LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: A house divided cannot stand

Harry Bruce’s cartoon of the day and readers have their sa on

Cowboys contract puts Moranbah boy on cusp of NRL dream

Premium Content Cowboys contract puts Moranbah boy on cusp of NRL dream

His 2020 season was lost to COVID-19, so Michael Bell got stronger, fitter and...

Water restrictions ease as dam levels increase

Premium Content Water restrictions ease as dam levels increase

Residents can turn on the sprinklers but are encouraged to continue using water...