News

Man busted with marijuana under scrotum after crime spree

The vehicle that Ken Gordon Leggatt allegedly abandoned after driving recklessly through Warwick streets.
The vehicle that Ken Gordon Leggatt allegedly abandoned after driving recklessly through Warwick streets. Kerri Burns-Taylor

A WARWICK man found with marijuana tucked "under his scrotum'' has been released on parole despite adding to convictions for drug dealing, dangerous and drug-driving.

Ken Gordon Leggatt pleaded guilty yesterday to committing 10 criminal offences over a seven-week period.

On August 9 police stopped Leggatt's vehicle at Swan Creek and found 5g of marijuana stashed in his shorts.

The 26-year-old was arrested and taken back to the watchhouse, where officers uncovered a further 23g of the drug  "under his scrotum".

The police also seized Leggatt's mobile phone that day and several messages from people wanting to buy drugs from him were discovered.

The following month, Leggatt vandalised a local business with spray paint on two separate occasions, to protest the jailing of a friend.

He tagged a wall and sign and wrote the words "Free Finn" on the sign.

A witness disturbed Leggatt during the second incident and his partial fingerprint was recovered from a paint can which he dropped when he was running away.

In a startling incident on August 18, Leggatt was hooning through Mile End Park, and came within metres of a family who had taken their 18-month-old child on an outing.

The court heard Leggatt had been fishtailing and driving recklessly moments earlier, before losing control of the vehicle and veering onto the wrong side of the road.

Police prosecutor Steve de Lissa said Leggatt's vehicle slid into the gutter and up onto the grass before travelling through the park, narrowly missing two obstacles.

Leggatt's solicitor told the court his client hadn't realised there were people in the park and if he had, he would have got out and apologised.

The young man came to the attention of police again on September 21, when witnesses reported his vehicle speeding through Warwick streets at night without any lights.

Police intercepted Leggatt's vehicle and when speaking to him noticed his agitation, slurred speech, and bloodshot eyes.

He admitted to being under the influence of marijuana at the time of his arrest.

Just over one week later, Leggatt performed a dangerous 360 degree turn in front of another vehicle, while driving his door-less and near-tyre-less Hyundai Excel.

The car, which also had a shattered windscreen and caved in roof, was spotted driving erratically through Pratten and Wood Sts and was abandoned in Short St.

Police spoke with Leggatt at the scene and the 26-year-old denied driving.

Snr Const de Lissa said Leggatt told officers he had sold the car for $50 at 3am that day and could explain why witnesses thought he was the driver.

"He said the man he sold his car to looked exactly like him and wore the same clothes," Snr Const de Lissa said.

Officers noticed Leggatt was sweating profusely, agitated and had a red face and raised veins and he admitted to using cannabis and ecstasy. He was arrested and has spent the past 33 days in police custody.

The defence solicitor told the court his client had a suspected heart attack while in custody and was now determined to turn his life around.

Leggatt, who was supported in court by his mother, was sentenced to 12 months jail, but was paroled immediately and released from custody.

He was also taken off the road for 18 months and ordered to pay $2656.50 restitution for the vandalism.

Topics:  crime spree, marijuana, queensland, warwick



Council secures $100,000 for public projects

JAZZ UP YOUR IDEA: The Jumpers and Jazz in July committee was one of the recipients of last year's Regional Arts Development Fund grants.

$100,000 in arts fund up for grabs on the Southern Downs.

Bali flight chaos: What you need to know today

Ubud CBD a busy exotic place.

Jetstar was forced to cancel seven flights on Tuesday

Traffic disruptions on major Warwick road this morning

Workmen close one lane on Albion St, Warwick.

WORKMEN have blocked one lane of a major Warwick road this morning.

Local Partners

9000 reasons to support our community clubs

Community clubs are good at what they do. They are not so good at telling the world about what they do, as Clubs Queensland CEO Doug Flockhart explains.


MOVIE REVIEW: Storks delivers family fun

A scene from the movie Storks.

ANIMATION can be hit or miss but when it hits, it hits hard.

Nick 'the snake' to call the shots on Survivor jury

Australian Survivor contestant Nick Iadanza.

LATEST evictee is out of the game but will still have a say.

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber split

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber have split after 11 years together.

Why Chris Hemsworth was spotted wearing nail polish

RED CARPET: Do you think Chris Hemsworth is the typical unpolished but well-natured Aussie bloke?

He's now officially the best bloke in Australia

Testament's new album is a concept album

ROME, ITALY- JULY 27, 2016: Testament photographed at The Roman Collisseium in Rome, Italy on July 27,2016. Gene Ambo

Testament to release new album

'Baby' recreates famous Nirvana cover shot 25 years later

The baby from Nevermind album has recreated the iconic cover shot.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Rural properties expected to soar as investors seek income

Rural properties are should become highly sought after

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.