Walcha Court report for March 21, 2017

A number of drug and alcohol matters went before Walcha Court last month.

A 22-year-old Nowendoc man, Dallas Edward Laurie, was convicted of driving with a high range PCA (prescribed concentration of alcohol) and given a $1500 fine, disqualified from driving for six months and put on a 12-month good behaviour bond. Laurie was driving a car on Fitzroy Street at 1am on Sunday, January 15, when he ran off the road and struck a power pole. Laurie left the vehicle and walked to the Walcha Police Station where he handed himself in. It was his first offence.

Charles Alfred Davis, a 45-year-old man from Woolbrook, was convicted and fined a total of $1000 and put on two 12-month good behaviour bonds following the discovery of  63 cannabis plants, ranging in height from 10cm to 70cm, at his home.

In a domestic matter a 23-year-old Walcha man was convicted of common assault and the destruction of property. He was fined a total of $500 and placed on a good behaviour bond for four years.  In January, police were called to a Walcha residence where there was a report of a domestic argument between a mother and her son. The perpetrator had two previous convictions for traffic and drug offences.

Three other serious Walcha matters were transferred from Walcha Court  to be heard in Armidale Court on June 1.