Port Macquarie Local Court | Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The following cases were heard in the Port Macquarie Local Court in front of Magistrate McCosker on Wednesday, June 7.
The following cases were heard in the Port Macquarie Local Court in front of Magistrate McCosker on Wednesday, June 7.

The following cases were heard in the Port Macquarie Local Court in front of Magistrate McCosker on Wednesday, June 7. 

Drug possession

Rhiannon Lee Alyward 29, from Lord Street, Port Macquarie pleaded guilty to four charges of possess a prohibited drug and a charge of possessing equipment for administration of a prohibited drug.

Police said between 11.25am and 11.30am on February 8 Alyward was found to have cannabis in her possession on Oxley Highway, Port Macquarie. 

Police said between 4.50pm and 4.55pm on December 14, 2016 at Church Street Alyward had 0.4 grams of methylamphetamine in her possession.

Police said on September 15, 2016 between 10am and 10.20am  at Scarborough Close, Port Macquarie she was found to have methylamphetamine in her possession. On the same date she was found to have cannabis leaf in her possession and a glass pipe for use in the administration of a prohibited drug.   

For the charge of possessing equipment Alyward was fined $200 and it was ordered to be destroyed. For all other charges she was directed to enter a section nine bond for 18 months. 

After dinner assault

Cody Scott O’Brien 22, from Short Street, Taree pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray. 

Facts said at 8pm on April 23 the victim went out for drinks and dinner in Port Macquarie.

After dinner he walked alone to the taxi rank on Gordon Street, Port Macquarie. O'Brien also walked to the taxi rank with the co accused. A verbal altercation took place.

The victim said ‘I don't want any trouble’ to O'Brien. The accused struck the victim with a closed fist in the face.

The victim was conveyed to the Port Macquarie Base Hospital for treatment. 

O’Brien was directed to enter a good behaviour bond under section nine for 12 months. 

Drink driving

Candice Elford 39, from Northshore Drive, Port Macquarie pleaded guilty to a low range drink driving charge. 

Police said on April 23 police were conducting random breath testing on Park Street, Port Macquarie.

At about 7.05pm Elford's Mitsubishi Pajero was stopped and she underwent a breath test which was positive. Elford was conveyed to the Port Macquarie Police Station where she underwent a breath analysis test which gave the reading 0.065 grams. 

Elford was found guilty but without proceeding to conviction was directed to enter a good behaviour bond under section 10 (1) (b) for 12 months. 

Low range PCA

Jane Elizabeth Elliott 51, from Opal Crescent, Port Macquarie pleaded guilty to a low range drink driving charge. 

The court heard on April 21 at about 9.38pm Elliott drove a Mitsubishi Outlander west on Park Street when she was stopped by police for a random breath test.

The test resulted in a positive reading and she was conveyed to the Port Macquarie Police Station for a breath analysis test. The test returned the reading 0.077. 

Elliott was found guilty but without proceeding to conviction was directed to enter a section 10 (1) (b) good behaviour bond for 12 months. 

Good behaviour

Leah Graham 51, from Windsor Road, Berkeley Vale pleaded guilty to drink driving. 

Facts said about 10.05pm on April 22 police observed a Holden Jackeroo drive down a one way driveway before reversing back.

Graham drove on to Oxley Highway at Thrumster. She was stopped by police and underwent a road side breath test which was positive. Graham was conveyed to the Port Macquarie Police Station and underwent a breath analysis test which produced the reading 0.116. 

Graham was found guilty but without conviction was directed to enter a 12 month good behaviour bond under section 10 (1) (b). 

Drugs detected

Sienna Rose Halstead 22, from Hindman Street, Port Macquarie pleaded guilty to driving with an illicit drug present in blood. 

Police said at 7.30pm on February 17 Halstead drove on Gore Street while there was delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol in her oral fluid. 

Halstead was found guilty but without proceeding to conviction was directed to enter a section 10 (1) (b) good behaviour bond for 12 months. 

Fined and disqualified

Deborah Jackson 50, from Bangalay Drive, Port Macquarie pleaded guilty to a mid range drink driving charge. 

At about 2.45pm on April 24 Jackson drove south on Ocean Drive, Port Macquarie and turned into Heather Street where she was stopped for a random breath test.

The breath test produced a positive reading and Jackson was conveyed to the Port Macquarie Police Station for a breath analysis test. It produced the reading 0.099. 

Jackson was fined $750 and was disqualified from driving for six months. 

Pleaded guilty

Holly Laws 31, from Bain Street, Wauchope pleaded guilty to driving with an illicit drug present in blood.

Facts said between 12.15am and 12.25am on February 26 Laws drove a vehicle on Short Street, Port Macquarie while methylamphetamine was present in her oral fluid.  

Laws was fined $300 and was disqualified from driving for three months. 

Magistrate warning

Callum Andrew McManus 20, from Timothy Place, Port Macquarie pleaded guilty to driving with an illicit drug present in blood. 

Facts said between 8.05pm and 8.10pm on January 21 McManus drove a vehicle on Savory Street, Port Macquarie while there was delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol in his oral fluid. 

The Magistrate said if people do illegal drugs they can never be comfortable they won’t be caught for this kind of offence. 

McManus was fined $250 and was disqualified from driving for three months. 

No licence

Joel Richard Trevor Vale 19, from Becke Street Port Macquarie pleaded guilty to driving without a licence (prior offence). 

About 4.50pm on April 23 Vale drove a Ford Falcon north on Pacific Drive. Vale was stopped by police and checks revealed Vale never held a licence. 

Vale was fined $500. 

Drug driver

A 17-year-old from Seaview Avenue, Port Macquarie pleaded guilty to driving with an illicit drug present in blood. 

Facts said between 12.50am and 1am on January 13 the accused drove a Hyundai on Savoy Street, Port Macquarie while there was methylamphetamine and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol in his oral fluid. 

The accused was fined $300 and was disqualified from driving for four months. 

Driving a privilege

Thomas George Sheather 22, from Gilmore Street, Port Macquarie pleaded guilty to a middle range drink driving charge.

Facts said on February 9 at 6pm Sheather drove west on Savoy Street, Port Macquarie. He turned left into Grant Street, accelerated and lost traction of the vehicle. It collided with a stationary vehicle. Police attended and Sheather underwent a breath test which produced a positive reading. He was conveyed to the Port Macquarie Police Station where he was submitted to a breath analysis test which gave the reading 0.130. 

The Magistrate said driving is a privilege not a right.  

Sheather was fined $1500 and was disqualified from driving for nine months.