Generic photo of hands in jail cell.
Generic photo of hands in jail cell.

Magistrate asks why Toowoomba teenager was in custody at all

TWO months in custody was deemed time enough for a teenager by a Toowoomba magistrate who questioned why he was in jail at all.

Ashley Shaun Lamb had failed to report to police as part of his bail conditions on Christmas Day, police prosecutor Lear Trewin told Toowoomba Magistrates Court.

Found by police on Boxing Day, the 19-year-old said he forgot to report.

Taken to the watch house, the teenager was found to have one tablet of the antidepressant medication mirtazapine, for which he had no prescription, in his pocket during a routine pat-down search, Senior Constable Trewin said.

He told police the medication belonged to his mother but he sometimes took it because it helped him relax, she said.

Lamb appeared by prison video link to plead guilty to one count each of breaching bail and unlawful possession of a restricted drug.

His solicitor Chris Lumme said his client had been released from custody on December 21 but had not fully understood his bail reporting obligations.

Acting Magistrate Roger Stark noted Lamb had been on parole at the time of the offences but that his parole had not been suspended and so questioned why the teen was in custody at all.

"You've been in custody for 52 days, one wonders why that is so," he said.

Mr Stark convicted Lamb but ordered no further penalty be imposed.

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