Father and son face court over drink and drug offences.
Father and son face court over drink and drug offences.

Mitchell father and son face drug charges

FATHER and son Barber both appeared via telephone link to the Roma Magistrates Court on Monday, facing drink and drug charges while on provisional and probationary licenses.

Christopher William Barber, faced one charge of drug driving while on a provisional licence.

Police prosecutor sergeant Heather Whiting told the court that on September 19, 2019 at 12pm, police intercepted the defendant for the purpose of a random breath and drug test.

Sgt Whiting continued that after the test produced a positive reading, Barber said “no bloody way, I haven’t taken anything in years.”

The certificate issued a positive result for cannabis.

He pleaded guilty to the charge.

The court heard Barber’s previous traffic history, one in 2018 of a drug driving offence, 2008 of a drink driving charge.

And his criminal history stated that he was charged with contravening a directional requirement this year, and two drug offences in 2015.

Barber told Magistrate Saggers he hadn’t smoked cannabis in years but associates with people that do.

“You have to be careful because that comes up in your test,” Magistrate Saggers said.

Barber was fined $350 and had his licence disqualified for three months.

Moments later the court heard Christopher’s son Garry was also facing two charges.

Garry Raymond Brodie Barber, also appeared via telephone link, facing one charge of drink driving and one charge of possession of cannabis.

Sgt Whiting told the court that on February 11, police intercepted Barber and subjected him to an alcohol and drug test.

Garry returned a 0.023 per cent reading while on a provisionary license.

The court heard that at 7.30pm on February 28, police attended the defendant’s home for a separate matter and while there observed cannabis on the living room table.

Garry told police he smoked cannabis to help with pain after his knee reconstruction, but does not have a medical certificate.

Garry told the court that he had given up drinking and only smoked cannabis every now and then to help with pain in his knee.

Magistrate Saggers fined Garry $250 for the driving offence and $450 for the drug offence.

His licence was disqualified for three months.

Convictions were recorded.