A CYCLIST who has represented Australia in the World Championships has been jailed for 11 months, to be served in the community, after pleading guilty to supplying a prohibited drug.
Joshua John Corcoran, 20, of O'Reilly Place, Llanarth, appeared before magistrate Catherine Follent.
His solicitor James Horsburgh made submissions for a CCO (community correction order), saying his client was a young man with no criminal antecedence who had taken full responsibility for his behaviour.
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Using his client's words from his Sentencing Assessment Report, Mr Horsburgh said the experience "had been a big wake-up call for him".
Mr Horsburgh said his client was a young man very involved in the community, including charity work, and it was unlikely he would be before the court again.
Police facts tendered to the court told how Chifley Police and the Drug Dog Unit conducted an operation on September 13 last year targeting the supply and possession of prohibited drugs in licensed premises in and around Bathurst.
According to the police facts, police and the drug dog entered the Family Hotel and, as they did, Corcoran and two men attempted to leave the area quickly.
They were stopped by police and screened by the dog, giving a positive result.
A search of Corcoran revealed 10 capsules of MDMA in a resealable plastic bag, weighing 1.83 grams, in his wallet.
Corcoran admitted it was MDMA and told police it was for "personal use and maybe for a few mates", according to the police facts.
In sentencing, her honour accepted the offence was towards the lower end of the range of seriousness for similar offences, but added that, objectively speaking, it was still extremely serious.
She found the Section 5 threshold had been crossed and no penalty other than jail was appropriate. She jailed Corcoran for 11 months, to be served as an ICO (intensive correction order) in the community.
He was also ordered to undertake 80 hours of community service.