Thursday 18 April, 2019

Accused unsure if to plead guilty to firearm, drug charges

Instead of a warrant, a man claimed police pointed a gun to his face when they came to search a house he was staying at.

This was a 25-year-old man's account of what happened on March 8 this year: 

According to Kyle Tito Wesley Lovell, police came from his neighbour's yard to the house he was staying at and found drugs there.

However, Lovell said that he had not been around the house in eight days.

He said he pleaded guilty for two reasons - police told him to plead guilty and he assumed, since he was in the presence of the drugs, he would be deemed guilty.

"They were 'round me," he told the magistrate.

Looking around the court, the magistrate pointed to items in the court.

"Is that computer yours? Is that bench yours?"

Lovell, who had initially pleaded guilty, then asked to change his plea to not guilty. The March 8 charges are in relation to possession, supply and cultivation of cannabis. Lovell is also accused of having a firearm and 23 rounds of ammunition on the same day.

He had been on remand for 28 days prior to his appearance on Tuesday.

The District "A" Magistrates' Court matter was adjourned until May 7.

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