Community-based order breach leads to big fines

A 22-year-old Collie man has been fined $500 and ordered to pay court costs after breaching a community-based order imposed by the Collie Magistrates Court last year.

Luke James McGrath appeared in court on Wednesday, July 25 via videolink from Bunbury Regional Prison, where he was currently serving a 12-month prison sentence for drug offences committed in Bunbury.

McGrath had previously been sentenced on October 25, 2017 to a 12-month community-based order after pleading guilty to dangerous driving and failing to comply with a direction to stop in relation to an incident on May 30, 2017.

However McGrath breached that community-based order when he was convicted of drug offences in the Bunbury Magistrates Court on April 13.

Magistrate Belinda Coleman cancelled the order, which included 40 hours of community service, and fined McGrath $500 for the breach.

McGrath was also given a $2000 fine for the previous offences and a two year disqualification from driving.