Man busted with marijuana under scrotum after crime spree
A WARWICK man found with marijuana tucked "under his scrotum'' has been released on parole despite adding to convictions for drug dealing, dangerous and drug-driving.
Ken Gordon Leggatt pleaded guilty yesterday to committing 10 criminal offences over a seven-week period.
On August 9 police stopped Leggatt's vehicle at Swan Creek and found 5g of marijuana stashed in his shorts.
The 26-year-old was arrested and taken back to the watchhouse, where officers uncovered a further 23g of the drug "under his scrotum".
The police also seized Leggatt's mobile phone that day and several messages from people wanting to buy drugs from him were discovered.
The following month, Leggatt vandalised a local business with spray paint on two separate occasions, to protest the jailing of a friend.
He tagged a wall and sign and wrote the words "Free Finn" on the sign.
A witness disturbed Leggatt during the second incident and his partial fingerprint was recovered from a paint can which he dropped when he was running away.
In a startling incident on August 18, Leggatt was hooning through Mile End Park, and came within metres of a family who had taken their 18-month-old child on an outing.
The court heard Leggatt had been fishtailing and driving recklessly moments earlier, before losing control of the vehicle and veering onto the wrong side of the road.
Police prosecutor Steve de Lissa said Leggatt's vehicle slid into the gutter and up onto the grass before travelling through the park, narrowly missing two obstacles.
Leggatt's solicitor told the court his client hadn't realised there were people in the park and if he had, he would have got out and apologised.
The young man came to the attention of police again on September 21, when witnesses reported his vehicle speeding through Warwick streets at night without any lights.
Police intercepted Leggatt's vehicle and when speaking to him noticed his agitation, slurred speech, and bloodshot eyes.
He admitted to being under the influence of marijuana at the time of his arrest.
Just over one week later, Leggatt performed a dangerous 360 degree turn in front of another vehicle, while driving his door-less and near-tyre-less Hyundai Excel.
The car, which also had a shattered windscreen and caved in roof, was spotted driving erratically through Pratten and Wood Sts and was abandoned in Short St.
Police spoke with Leggatt at the scene and the 26-year-old denied driving.
Snr Const de Lissa said Leggatt told officers he had sold the car for $50 at 3am that day and could explain why witnesses thought he was the driver.
"He said the man he sold his car to looked exactly like him and wore the same clothes," Snr Const de Lissa said.
Officers noticed Leggatt was sweating profusely, agitated and had a red face and raised veins and he admitted to using cannabis and ecstasy. He was arrested and has spent the past 33 days in police custody.
The defence solicitor told the court his client had a suspected heart attack while in custody and was now determined to turn his life around.
Leggatt, who was supported in court by his mother, was sentenced to 12 months jail, but was paroled immediately and released from custody.
He was also taken off the road for 18 months and ordered to pay $2656.50 restitution for the vandalism.