COURT: Mitchell man blames COVID—19 for meth use
A MITCHELL man turned to methylamphetamine in the hopes of relieving the stresses of COVID-19 restrictions, a court has heard.
Peter John Mitchell, 42, fronted the Mitchell Magistrates Court on Monday, August 3 after being caught with a tiny quantity of a crystalline substance.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Heather Whiting said police were called to a Cambridge Street address in the town of Mitchell at 8.30am on April 3.
"Police were called to attend Cambridge street Mitchell, where they were handed a clip seal plastic bag and a further two clip sealed bags which each contained 0.1g of a crystalline substance with the appearance of ice," she said.
"He said he'd been feeling stressed with COVID restrictions and issues, and thought the ice would help him feel better."
Mitchell's solicitor Laurie Parker told the court that he had explained to the defendant that he could get other forms of help for stress.
"In terms of his history of possessing dangerous drugs, he's only got the one entry there in 1997," Mr Parker said.
Magistrate Peter Saggers said Mitchell was very 'frank and honest' with police.
"There probably wouldn't be anything worse you could do when you're feeling stressed than take ice?" Magistrate Saggers said.
"I reckon if you took ice that'd be the worst solution.
"It'll all go downhill."
Mitchell pleaded guilty to possessing dangerous drug and was convicted and fined $450.
"Stay away from that stuff, Mr Mitchell," Magistrate Saggers said.