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Man on drug and traffic offences avoids jail

A man found guilty of drug and traffic offences has been given a community correction order and has had his licence suspended.

January 16, 2013 4:23am

Echuca’s Christopher Sinclair, 26, was given a community correction order and had his licence suspended after being found guilty of drug and traffic offences at Echuca Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Magistrate Richard Wright indicated in a previous court appearance that Mr Sinclair was likely to face jail.

In November, Mr Sinclair pleaded guilty to trafficking cannabis, cultivating a narcotic plant, possessing and using cannabis, possessing and using amphetamines, five counts of driving while disqualified and two of using an unregistered motor vehicle.

Mr Sinclair’s lawyer Michael Rafter told the court Mr Sinclair had a lot of community support.

Mr Rafter suggested while his client had pleaded guilty to trafficking cannabis, it was not for a commercial operation, but ‘‘selling to mates’’.

Mr Wright told the court he took ‘‘a dim view of people who trafficked cannabis in the community’’.

Mr Rafter also referred to the period of time Mr Sinclair was using the drug ice as a ‘‘terrible period of time’’.

Mr Wright said Mr Sinclair had thought himself ‘‘untouchable’’ while offending.

Mr Sinclair must complete 200 hours of community work, attend rehabilitation and his licence will be suspended for 12 months.

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