No more fines for man on drug charges already owing $16k

WITH outstanding fines totalling almost $16,000, Zvonimir Otovic wasn't about to get any more fines in Toowoomba Magistrates Court.

Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck has made it clear that people with fines of more than $1000 or more won't get further fines in his court because fines did not appear a deterrent penalty.

Otovic, 49, who told Mr Schemioneck it might be easier to simply call him "Jim", pleaded guilty to growing three small marijuana plants and possessing 4.6g of the drug and a pipe for smoking found during a police search of a Highfields residence on July 16.

His solicitor Phil Stainton told the court his client lived in the Redcliffe region and that the items found had been at his ex-wife's place but he accepted responsibility for them.

Mr Schemioneck noted Otovic had a SPER (State Penalties Enforcement Register) debt of $15,800 and said further fines were out of the question.

He instead placed Otovic on a four-month good behaviour bond to include a drug diversion course and ordered he do 40 hours community service.

The convictions were not recorded.



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