A HAMILTON man already on appeal bail after being jailed for drug trafficking was yesterday remanded in custody following a police raid at his home.
Wayne Terrence Pitman, 31, of Bree Road, appeared in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court for a bail application and was remanded in custody until November 19.
He has been charged with burglary, theft, handling stolen goods, dealing in the proceeds of crime, possessing and using amphetamines and possessing prescription medication.
Police executed a search warrant on Wednesday at Mr Pitman’s home, where it is alleged they found one gram of methamphetamine (ice), three zip-lock bags containing drug residue, smoking pipes, 10 Diazepam tablets and a large number of tools in a garage.
Those tools included a chainsaw, brushcutter and hedgetrimmer and two laptop computers. Some of the items have been identified by police as being stolen.
Police allege Mr Pitman said the tools were brought to his home by drug users. Police also allege that electronic scales were found on the kitchen table and a number of zip-lock bags.
The court heard that on June 6 Hamilton police executed a search warrant at the same address where a safe, mag wheels and Australian and foreign currency were found.
Mr Pitman was interviewed in relation to other crimes and police allege he admitted to stealing a safe. He has also been charged with burglary and theft at a car wash. Another co-accused has already been convicted of those offences.
Mr Pitman also appeared in the Geelong Magistrates Court on September 27 where he received a six-month jail sentence for trafficking amphetamine and other offences.
Mr Pitman appealed against that sentence and was released on appeal bail with a $1000 surety as well as other strict bail conditions.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Paul Harris said Mr Pitman had not changed his habits since being convicted of drug trafficking.
He said Mr Pitman’s wife was also drug tested by police when she was driving in Hamilton on Wednesday and found to be under the influence of amphetamine. She has not been charged yet.
Mr Pitman’s wife Dee told court she used the scales to make play dough packs for a stall and the zip- lock bags to contain glitter. She said Australia and foreign currency at the home was a coin collection left to her by her grandmother.
Mrs Pitman said her mother was dying of cancer and she relied on Mr Pitman for support.
Solicitor Jonathan Makary said his client was not a flight risk, owned his own home and ran a successful gardening business.
He said he had been complying with his bail conditions, other than being charged with reoffending, and police had to show that Mr Pitman was an unacceptable risk of reoffending.
Mr Makary concedes his client was struggling with drug use but had been seeking assistance from support services.
Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said the evidence of Mrs Pitman was disingenuous to say the least.
Mr Klestadt said Mr Pitman was again found in possession of methamphetamine, so it was clear he was still buying and possessing the drugs and there was a completely unacceptable risk of him reoffending.