By Cam Lucadou-Wells

A man has been convicted for submitting a false statutory declaration to Dandenong Drug Court that he’d lost his medical certificate.
Beau Price, 27, was sentenced to a two-year community corrections order for attempting to pervert the course of justice by Victorian County Court judge Meryl Sexton on 5 June.
Price had lied about the doctor’s certificate in an attempt to avoid jail for failing to turn up to his scheduled review at the drug court on 21 October, 2015, Judge Sexton said.
He had attended a doctor’s clinic to get a certificate on the day, but was unable to get an appointment, the court heard.
Price’s claim that he had heart problems at the time was later verified by hospital records.
He’d attended an emergency department complaining of chest pain three days earlier.
Price, who maintained his lie in a talk with his case manager, had failed to appreciate the seriousness and level of dishonesty of the act, the court was told.
He denied he had sent the stat dec to avoid a urine drug test that day.
Price’s offending was at the low-end of a serious charge – which carries a maximum 25 years’ jail. It was unsophisticated and simple to detect, Judge Sexton said.
“You were old enough to know better, but young enough to learn from your offending.
“You must realise, that at age 27, this is your turning point.”
Price had descended into drugs after getting in a “bad crowd”. From 15, he was using speed. Later he fell into a raging ice habit and mental health issues during a series of tragic bereavements.
He was smoking up to two grams a day.
The judge took into account the delay in charging Price until just before his scheduled release from jail on 9 June.
During his recent stint at Fulham jail, he was drug free, completed courses and was team leader of nine inmates. He expressed goals of starting work and reconnecting with his family.
Price’s prospects for rehabilitation were reasonable “provided you stay off the drugs”, Judge Sexton said.
“The (CCO) will be a punishment and must be regarded as such or you will fail.”
The supervised order includes 100 hours of unpaid work, as well as drug, alcohol and mental health treatment.

Comments are closed.

Your first stop before buying a home. View the whole picture.

More News

Three males in balaclavas have stolen jewellery and a large amount of cash during a burglary of a Narre Warren ...

Greatest Premium Art Show The greatest art show of the South-East will showcase the finest art of leading Victorian, interstate ...

With the whiff of perhaps Giant-killing their way into a grand final, Tiger fans in Casey are proudly emerging from ...

Police are seeking three car-jackers who assaulted a victim and stole their 4WD in Narre Warren South. A dark-coloured vehicle ...

Compulsive hoarders, whose cluttered yards become a public eyesore, will be offered help before the long arm of the law ...

A Narre Warren South couple have celebrated a milestone occasion – their 60th wedding anniversary. And a special guest, Casey mayor ...

Latest Sport

Make no mistake about it – Perry Lewis-Smith will never give up on his AFL dream. The 18-year-old athletic beast is ...

Finding a more determined and competitive pair of brothers than Beaconsfield’s Tom and Ben Bramich would be a fruitless ...

Berwick and Haileybury College youngster Nathan Dowsett is a good old-fashioned sports fanatic. Whether it is kicking goals playing for ...