AN ELDERLY Golden Grove man who was found with 2.5kg of cannabis and more than $88,000 in cash said he turned to crime because life on the pension was “a bit hard”.
The 77 year old was given a 10-month suspended sentence by the District Court on December 1.
In sentencing, Judge Sydney Tilmouth said police found the drugs and cash in a search of the man’s home on February 10, 2008, along with a notebook with details of debts owing, and resealable plastic bags.
“When questioned by (police), you said that you sold about 10 to 15 bags containing 3g of cannabis per week,” Judge Tilmouth said.
“You explained this dealing on the basis that life on the pension was ‘a bit hard’ and that selling cannabis provided ‘a little bit of extra money’.”
Judge Tilmouth believed the man’s involvement in dealing was “more as an interest and diversion in retirement than … for any overt motive to make very much money out of it”.
He reduced the man’s suspended sentence to seven months, with a 12-month good behaviour bond, after he pleaded guilty to trafficking in a controlled substance.
“You made frank admissions and your drug dealing was hardly sophisticated or disguised,” Judge Tilmouth said.
“You have expressed contrition and remorse.
“You suffered from a stroke not long ago and you are physically and mentally unwell.
“I expect the last two years have just been a nightmare for you but hopefully the whole thing is over now and we won’t see you again.”
By Tim Williams