Lawyer fears random drug test ‘abuse’

A LAWYER failed to sway a supreme court justice with his fears that police will "abuse" random drug test powers against his Warwick client.

Defence lawyer Nathan Boyd told the Brisbane Supreme Court on Tuesday that 30-year-old Channon Michael Galloway should not have to undergo random testing because staying off drugs would be a bail condition.

Mr Galloway is charged with two counts of trafficking dangerous drugs in December.

"The issue is that the police are going to be in a position to attend upon the applicant at any time," Mr Boyd told the Brisbane Supreme Court on Tuesday.

"This is potentially open to abuse by police.

"It would be more onerous than is required in these circumstances."

Justice Martin Daubney described the unemployed man's drug use as "chronic" and said he would have to submit to the drug tests if he hoped to stay out of jail.

"The... random drug testing requirement suitably addresses the risk of re-offence," Justice Daubney said.

Mr Galloway will face court again next month.

- APN NEWSDESK


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