‘Was MDMA a requirement’: Roma Cup users front court
"WAS possessing MDMA a requirement for getting into Roma Cup?" Magistrate Saggers asked the court on Wednesday.
Desmond Waites and Maverick Fisher both fronted Roma Magistrates Court on charges of possessing dangerous drugs during the Roma Cup weekend in November.
In the case of Fisher, Police Prosecutor Sergeant Heather Whiting told the court that Fisher had been at the Club Hotel at 3am, when he was searched by police.
In his wallet, police found an MDMA capsule, and upon questioning, Fisher admitted he had another four pills at his residence.
Police later attended and located those drugs.
The 19-year-old's lawyer, L Carter told the court he had purchased the narcotics but had not used them, saying he had been interested in experimenting.
"My client knows he made a poor decision … and this has been a wakeup call to him - he is ashamed of his actions," Ms Carter said.
Magistrate Saggers said with the current NSW enquiry into deaths at music festivals caused by MDMA, it was becoming apparent young people were not aware of what they were consuming.
"Taking these drugs is a risk," he said.
Fisher will serve nine months probation and a conviction was not recorded.
Waites was given similar advice from Magistrate Saggers.
"I don't know why you're taking these drugs, it's risky, illegal, and it cuts down your opportunities," he said.
The court heard Waites had been in police custody about 4.30am for another police matter, when police located a large clip seal bag on his person which contained three clear capsules.
Waites was fined $350 and a conviction was not recorded.