A Warrnambool motorist who refused a drug test three times in as many months told police he couldn’t be bothered.
Jason Maher, 46, of McGregors Road, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to refusing to provide a sample of oral fluid and drug and weapon-related offences.
Lawyer Sara Kingston said Maher had complied with the preliminary oral fluid test but refused to accompany police for an evidentary test because the result was positive and he “didn’t see the point”.
Maher was disqualified from driving for two years and placed on a 12 month community corrections order with conditions he do 100 hours of unpaid work.
On August 1 Maher was intercepted by police on Warrnambool’s McGregors Road about 8.25pm.
He returned a positive preliminary oral fluid test but refused to accompany police to the station for a further test, stating that he “couldn’t be bothered”.
He refused another test after he was intercepted on Lava Street about 3pm on September 24.
Then on October 17 Maher was intercepted on Kepler Street after parking in a no stopping zone. A preliminary oral fluid test indicated the presence of an illicit drug, but Maher again refused to accompany police because he “didn’t have time”.
Two days later police executed a search warrant at Maher’s property.
Small quantities of ice and cannabis were seized as well as two samurai swords.
One of the swords had a single blade and the other a double blade.
Ms Kingston said the swords were collectibles and Maher had owned them for about 10 years.
“He never intended to use them to hurt anybody,” she said.
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