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Grasstree Beach man busted with ice tried to blame friend

Liain Gordon Day pleaded guilty to possessing ice, possessing a waterpipe (bong), possessing an ice pipe and failing to appear for a previous court appearance.
Liain Gordon Day pleaded guilty to possessing ice, possessing a waterpipe (bong), possessing an ice pipe and failing to appear for a previous court appearance. Martin Sykes

WHEN suspicious brown crystals were discovered in a car Liain Gordon Day was riding in, he quickly shifted the blame to a friend.

But Day's conscience eventually caught up with him, prompting a confession to police.

The 33-year-old labourer from Grasstree Beach faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday for sentencing.

Dressed in fluorescent yellow work gear, he pleaded guilty to possessing 1.9 grams of methamphetamines (ice) on January 11 at West Mackay, possessing a waterpipe (bong) on June 15 at Bakers Creek, possessing an ice pipe on May 24 and failing to appear for a previous court appearance on June 15.

Prosecutor Sergeant John Moran said police had been conducting traffic patrols when they pulled over a car and found the ice.

"A search of the vehicle located a number of syringes and alcohol swabs and a small container located in the centre console which contained a small amount of brown coloured crystals,” he said.

"At the station Day participated in an interview and said the vehicle belonged to (a friend) and that everything in the vehicle was hers.

"On March 14, the defendant Day attended the station and asked to speak to police about this matter. He stated he wished to declare the drugs found in the vehicle were his.

"When questioned about his motivation coming forward, he felt bad that someone had been charged over his property.”

Mr Moran said on May 24, police spotted Day on Hamlet Street in Mackay, finding there was an "outstanding warrant for his arrest”.

Liain Gordon Day, 33, fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, pleading guilty to three drug charges and failing to appear for a previous court appearance.
Liain Gordon Day, 33, fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, pleading guilty to three drug charges and failing to appear for a previous court appearance. Facebook

A pat-down search uncovered the ice pipe.

"The defendant stated that the glass pipe had been used to smoke methamphetamines, however, stated it belonged to a friend who borrowed his jacket a couple of days earlier,” Mr Moran said.

On June 15, police visited a Bakers Creek home to question Day about a missed court appearance.

Mr Moran said police searched the home and "found a water pipe shaped like a skull made of glass”, which Day admitted was used to smoke marijuana.

Defence solicitor Victoria Meechan said her client was an unemployed dad of one who had avoided drug use from 2010-2016.

"He hasn't committed any offences between 2010 and 2016, which is evident in his history,” she said.

But Magistrate Damien Dwyer said Day's criminal history "simply says he hasn't received any convictions in that time”.

"It doesn't say he hasn't been using drugs. (That's) a quantum leap that I'm not prepared to make,” he said.

Ms Meechan added Day had been working as a labourer and in hospitality and argued a "high fine is within range”.

The magistrate indicated Day could likely serve probation and adjourned for an assessment.

Later in the day, the case returned to court and Day was sentenced to three months jail, suspended immediately.

He was also placed on probation for a year.

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