Man with axe to grind given CCO

AN alcoholic with a strong anti-drugs stance was told by a magistrate that damaging a community syringe dispensing unit was not the way to prevent drug use.

The Wentworth Local Court this week heard John William Wise was an alcoholic and under the influence when he used a log splitter axe to smash a syringe dispensing needle unit belonging to the Far West Health Service in September last year.

The 51-year-old was placed on a community corrections order after pleading guilty to property damage and being in possession of an offensive implement in a public place.

The court was told Wise developed strong feelings about drug use in the community following a personal tragedy and when he drank he often became fixated on certain situations, as was the case when he damaged the community dispense unit.

The court heard Wise believed the unit was the “embodiment” of his disdain for drugs in the community, however a magistrate told him the situation was not that black and white. 

Police witnessed part of the incident in Tapio Street and after twice refusing to obey their instructions and put down the log splitter axe and continuing to damage the unit, police used capsicum spray and arrested him.

Wise was convicted and placed on a 12 month community corrections order.

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