Mother of drug addict stands to thank magistrate

COURT APPEARANCE: The man had been charged with a string of offences related to the possession of dangerous drugs and utensils and failing to take proper care with a syringe.
COURT APPEARANCE: The man had been charged with a string of offences related to the possession of dangerous drugs and utensils and failing to take proper care with a syringe.

A MOTHER was visibly moved as her drug addicted son was given the prospect of bail on condition he enter into rehabilitation.

The man appeared before Cleveland Magistrates Court via teleconference on Thursday, December 7.

Magistrate Deborah Vasta told the father-of-one his drug use was tearing his family apart.

“Your little girl...she is starting to say to herself, 'dad loves drugs more than me',"

"That's ruining her self esteem."

The man was kept in custody after being charged with offences related to drug use, including failing to take proper care with a syringe, the possession of dangerous drugs and utensils.

He told the court he wanted to get past his drug issues.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Angela Tetley said he had already been given opportunities to do so.

Magistrate Vasta read out a letter submitted by the man's mother, recounting how he had been affected by the suicides of close friends and other traumatic events.

"(He) has come to realise that he has never dealt with the struggles he has had," the letter read.

Magistrate Vasta gave the man about a week to enrol himself into rehabilitation with help from his mother.

She said he could do bail on the condition of rehab, to be completed before he faced the court for sentencing.

Magistrate Vasta told the man he needed to find the strength to overcome his drug dependency problems.

"You have got to do it for yourself,” she said. “You have to want this badly enough."

The man's mother stood up and thanked Magistate Vasta after her verdict was delivered.

The man, who has not been named by Redland City Bulletin to protect the identity of his daughter, will again appear at Cleveland Magistrates Court next week.