Service or head to jail?

ARGUING with the magistrate is always a risky move and for Cody John Schulze it was one he was willing to take.

The 26-year-old appeared in the Stanthorpe Magistrates Court last week and pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing dangerous drugs.

On February 3 Schulze was intercepted by police in the main street of Stanthorpe after they received information that he might be carrying hard drugs.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Ken Wiggan said upon searching Schulze's backpack they found three small plastic bags.

Two contained small quantities of cannabis and the other white powder identified as amphetamines.

Magistrate Roger Stark told Schulze he would not be fined because fines did not appear to dissuade him.

Mr Stark said he needed Schulze's consent to impose 80 hours community service as his punishment.

"Eighty hours; two weeks unpaid work doing what?

" I'm not going to do 40 hours a week for nothing," Schulze said. "I don't know about agreeing to community service."

After a heated discussion Schulze was taken into custody to contemplate his options of community service or jail time as requested by the police prosecutor.

"I don't mind doing community service," Schulze said upon return.

"I just wasn't going to do 80 hours in two weeks."

Schulze was eventually sentenced to 80 hours community service.

Stanthorpe Border Post


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