Jetskiing dog's owner faces court over drugs and fireworks
A MAN who was rescued with his dog Stubby off the coast of Bundaberg after they spend a night on a jetski, has pleaded guilty to possessing ice, marijuana and fireworks.
Glen John Watson, 45, appeared in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court today, where he was sentenced on four charges.
The court heard that on the morning January 14 this year, Watson took Stubby on a jetski and headed for a commercial fishing boat off the coast of Bundaberg.
When he did not arrive at his planned destination by 2pm, he was reported missing.
Police prosecutor Donna Sperling told the court an extensive search and rescue operation was undertaken to find the Townsville man.
"VMR from Hervey Bay and Bundaberg, the rescue plane and two rescue helicopters were used to find the defendant," Senior Constable Sperling said.
About 24 hours after he left the mainland, Watson and his dog were found.
Snr Const Sperling said Watson was picked up by water police, who asked him what he had in his black backpack.
"The defendant stated he had some ice (in the bag)," she said.
Police located 26.6g of green leaves, identified as a mixture of marijuana, tobacco and herbs, and 1g of ice.
Police also found a firecracker in the bag, which Watson said was to be used as a flare to signal for help.
Watson's defence lawyer William Hunter said his client had no previous criminal charges since 2004, and was employed.
"My client is a commercial fisherman and runs his own business," Mr Hunter said.
Magistrate Ross Woodford said he took into consideration's Watson's early plea of guilty and the seriousness of the charges.
Watson was fined $1400 which was referred to SPER, and the illegal property was forfeited to the court.