Pot grower jailed and it's not because he got high

A MAN who breached his suspended sentence three times in less than two years has run out of chances and has been sentenced to actual time behind bars.

Wesley John Figura, 36, was found guilty on Monday in Ipswich District Court to breaching his suspended sentence after being caught driving without a licence on February 11 and 21, 2016.

The court heard Fugura was also found guilty of breaching his suspended sentence on August 27, 2015 after being charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

Crown prosecutor Elizabeth Kelso told the court Figura was initially sentenced to 12 months behind bars wholly suspended for an operational period of two years for drug offences.

She said he was found guilty in 2014 of operating a hydroponic cannabis set up inside his home.

"He was told last year after the first breach if he breaks the law in the future there would be serious consequences," she said.

"He was told in no uncertain terms he would not be afforded any more chances.

"The sentencing judge last year extended his suspended sentence for a further year which means it now expires on September 17, 2017."

Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said the father-of-two had steered clear of drugs since being initially sentenced nearly two years ago.

"The first time he was caught driving he was unaware his licence had been suspended due to SPER debts," he said.

"He paid the outstanding amount immediately.

"The second time he was caught he thought the SPER situation had been resolved but then found out his licence had actually expired."

Judge Greg Koppenol said Figura had an unenviable five page criminal history and seven page traffic history.

He sentenced Figura to one month behind bars and ordered he be released on parole on July 16.

"These offences demonstrate a disregard of the law on your behalf," he said.

"It was made very clear to you the first time that any further breaches would have serious consequences.

"Breaches of the law while on a suspended sentence will not be tolerated by the courts."


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