Mackay man's pokies win lands him in court

Mackay man's pokies win lands him in court

AN AVID pokies punter’s luck turned sour when police came upon his suspicious win.

David James Metcalf was found with $1605, and despite claiming it was his winnings, he was charged with possessing stolen cash.

On January 16 2020, the Mackay man was also found with 7.931g of methylamphetamine, marijuana, two glass pipes and scales, after failing to report to police twice as per the conditions of his bail.

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Metcalf was also charged with obstructing police.

He pleaded guilty at Mackay Magistrates Court to charges including possessing drugs and tainted property and breaching bail.

Defence solicitor Antoinette Morton said her client usually kept receipts of his pokies wins but had failed to when he was found with the money.

Metcalf had already spent 73 days in custody, despite suffering from health conditions during COVID-19 restrictions.

“He has a recurring pulmonary embolism … (and) permanent lung damage,” Ms Morton said.

“He hasn’t been isolated. He has been in general.”

Magistrate Bronwyn Hartigan said Metcalf had received bail on May 5 due to being a “vulnerable person”.

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Ms Morton said Metcalf had taken it upon himself to approach Lives Lived Well for drug intervention, and had sustained “ongoing abstinence”.

Ms Hartigan encouraged Metcalf to continuing visiting Lives Lived Well for treatment of his “long term drug use”.

“You must continue with intervention because it’s unlikely you can give up drugs on your own,” she said.

Metcalf was fined a total $800, and jailed for 18 months with immediate parole.

Convictions were recorded.

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