Roma man pleads with magistrate to release him from prison
APPEARING via videolink from prison, Nathan Ross Coveney asked a Roma Magistrate to “give me a fine so I can get me parole back”. after he was charged with possessing dangerous drugs and drug utensils.
Magistrate Peter Saggers told the defendant, “we don’t really get into an auction situation here”.
Police prosecutor sergeant Caroline Boodnikoff told the Roma Magistrates Court on August 31, police attended Coveney’s mother’s home for a return to prison warrant.
Detectives approached the mother and she told him they could find her son in the shed out the back of the property.
Upon entering the shed, detectives could smell marijuana before they located a water pipe, silver electronic grinder and an uncapped needle.
Coveney was arrested and taken back to the Roma police station where he later admitted to smoking marijuana and using the utensils but was adamant they didn’t belong to him.
Sgt Boodnikoff said the defendant is currently serving time for breaching his parole that was handed in the Roma District Court in November 2018.
Coveney pleaded with the magistrate, “I’m hoping you give me a fine so I can get my parole back – they (drugs) didn’t belong to me”.
He pleaded guilty to one count of failing to take reasonable care of a syringe and possessing utensils that had been used.
Magistrate Saggers said to the defendant, “it’s not about ownership, the charge is for possession”.
The magistrate fined Coveney $500 and will remain behind bars and the drug items were forfeited.
The conviction was recorded.