A CONVICTED drug trafficker flashed his genitals at a photographer from The Courier moments before he faced up to a series of drug charges, a court has heard.
Ljube Bozoski, 50, was on his way to the County Court in Ballarat on the morning of November 10 last year, where he eventually pleaded guilty to charges including trafficking a drug of dependence, possessing a tablet press and obtaining financial advantage by deception.
But before appearing in court, Bozoski walked from his car, across Grenville Street South towards the courthouse entrance where he noticed the photographer taking pictures of him.
Ljube Bozoski, flashing photographer Jeremy Bannister.
The Brookfield man then started verbally abusing the photographer, undid the front of his pants and exposed his genitals.
Bozoski was more subdued when he appeared in Ballarat Magistrates Court yesterday morning, where he pleaded guilty to one charge of behaving in an offensive manner in a public place.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Bob Anderson told the court Bozoski had refused to be interviewed over the incident.
For defence, lawyer Mike Wardell said his client was not in a good frame of mind when the offending occurred. "It's fair to say that Mr Bozoski was severely distressed at the time," Mr Wardell said.
The drug trafficking matters led to Bozoski being given a two-year jail term suspended for three years. Magistrate Peter Couzens convicted and fined Bozoski $750.