A MAN awaiting trial over culpable driving charges relating to the death of an elderly man last year has been remanded for drug trafficking charges.
Scotney Duncomb, 36, of Younger Street, Warrnambool, was refused bail in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court last week after he was arrested during a police search of his home.
Mr Duncomb’s charges include trafficking methamphetamine, possession, use and possessing the proceeds of crime.
He also faces charges of committing an offence while on bail.
Warrnambool policewoman First Constable Lana Roberts said a police search of the home had located a 14-gram bag believed to contain crystal methamphetamine and another bag containing a substance believed to be 11 grams of cannabis.
“We located five mobile telephones and about $1500 in Mr Duncomb’s wallet,” First Constable Roberts said.
Five deal bags containing the residue of a “crystal substance” were also found.
She said Mr Duncomb was still awaiting trial in the County Court this month over allegations that he was on ice when he collided with another car, killing a man in Noorat last year.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Paul Harris argued for Mr Duncomb to remain in custody.
“The accused is an unacceptable risk. If given bail he will commit further offences and endanger the public,” Senior Constable Harris said.
Representing himself from the dock, Mr Duncomb said he had tried to end his drug habit and had made progress in recent weeks with rehabilitation services.
Magistrate Ron Saines said he could find no evidence why Mr Duncomb’s incarceration was unjustified and ordered he remain in custody.
Mr Duncomb will reappear in the magistrates court on October 10.