A YOUNG Ballarat drug trafficker was yesterday spared jail after proving himself to a magistrate.
Aaron Outen-Greenwood, 22, who had pleaded guilty to a string of charges including drug trafficking and failing to answer bail, was given the rare chance to “prove himself” on August 6 this year.
On that occasion, magistrate Kay Robertson deferred sentencing Outen-Greenwood, allowing him time to stop taking drugs and find employment. “Let’s just put him to the test,” Ms Robertson said in August.
Yesterday, Ms Robertson appeared thrilled as she congratulated Outen-Greenwood on his efforts. “I am impressed that you have come back to court today having achieved what you achieved,” Ms Robertson said.
“You’ve done what I asked you, so I’m not going to send you to jail today.”
Ms Roberston fined Outen-Greenwood and gave him a four-month jail term, suspended for 12 months.
Outen-Greenwood had been on bail for serious drug trafficking offences when he was again caught trafficking earlier this year.
He failed to answer bail and attend court on May 22 after being arrested on April 16.
On July 29 he was again arrested after being found driving a car with a co-accused and in possession of ice, cannabis and plastic deal bags.
David Tamanika, for Outen-Greenwood, said his client had stopped using drugs and had set up a new business with his partner.