Supplying a class C drug may result in jail for a Dunedin
Elliot Douglas Harris (25), painter, of Warrington, appeared
before Judge Kevin Phillips in the Dunedin District Court
He pleaded guilty to a single charge of (jointly with Mahita
Anania Damion Chapman) supplying Benzylpiperazine (BZP), to
persons unknown at Queenstown between March 11 and June 29
Harris had initially denied the charge and appeared in court
yesterday for a pre-trial callover. He sought leave to vacate
his plea of not guilty and enter a guilty plea.
Crown counsel Richard Smith said Harris was in possession of
40 BZP tablets and told Chapman he had sold 12 tablets for
Chapman wanted more money for each tablet and asked Harris to
return the remainder, which he did, Mr Smith said.
''So the basic allegation is that he sold 12 tablets before
returning the remainder to Chapman,'' he said.
Chapman has already pleaded and been dealt with in relation
to the case.
Harris was convicted and remanded on bail to May 13 for
Judge Phillips said Harris had seven relevant previous
convictions under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975, including for
sale and cultivation.
The maximum penalty for supplying a class C drug is eight
Judge Phillips said Harris had an ''appalling'' history of
breaching community-based sentences and imprisonment was
''You should come to court on May 13 in the full knowledge
that probably you will go to prison on a full-time custodial
But Judge Phillips said he did not want to ''shut the gate''
preemptively and granted Harris bail on the basis he may
receive a community-based sentence.
He imposed bail conditions barring Harris from buying,
possessing or consuming drugs or alcohol, and entering