By Caitlin Bewley
(1st Yr Swinburne Uni)
“All actions have consequences”, a young Bacchus Marsh man was told by the magistrate in the Bacchus Marsh court, after his “party days” got him into serious trouble.
Kyle Scott, a 22-year-old electrician, was travelling along Halletts Way Bacchus Marsh in a V8 Holden ute on May 13 of this year.
The court heard police intercepted the accused when they noticed he was a probationary driver driving a V8 vehicle, a vehicle which is prohibited for restricted drivers.
Upon being intercepted, it is alleged the accused was asked to step out of the vehicle when a small zip lock bag fell out of his clothes.
Police prosecutor Constable Aimee Heal told the court the bag contained three grams of ketamine, and that when the police searched the vehicle they found a bag of Xanax pills, scales, a large zip lock bag full of smaller zip lock bags and $850 in cash.
The accused was questioned by police and made full admissions, saying the drugs were for recreational use and that he sold them to his friends for the same price he bought them.
“It’s a credit to Mr Scott that he made full admissions and was honest at the earliest opportunity,” the accused’s lawyer said.
“This is low end trafficking, when he sells them to his friends, he doesn’t make a profit”.
Scott’s lawyer said he was introduced to these drugs for party use when he was 18 years old.
“He has been clean from all substances since the incident in May,” he said.
“Well, I guess different people party in a different way,” Magistrate Gregory Robinson said.
“But this is a serious matter and I want to send a message, not only to you [Scott] but to all young men, that your actions do have consequences.”
Magistrate Robinson agreed with the accused’s lawyer that a community corrections order would interfere with Scott’s full-time work as an electrician, and as a result, fined Scott $3000.