Man to be sentenced for drug, driving charges

A MAN who has pleaded guilty to numerous offences, including drug possession and reckless driving, will be sentenced in the Launceston Magistrates Court this week.

Shaun Wayne Richardson, 35, had previously pleaded not guilty to three counts of assault and yesterday magistrate Tim Hill found him not guilty on those charges.

But Richardson, who has been in custody for almost four months, had previously pleaded guilty to the other charges and Mr Hill ordered him to stay in custody until 11.30am on Thursday for sentencing.

He also ordered that Richardson see a probation officer before then to assess his suitability for parole.

Yesterday's court list had 28 charges listed against Richardson's name.

Alan Hensley, who represented Richardson, said his client was born and raised in Launceston but had been living in Hobart for some time.

He said Richardson's offending history correlated to his drug intake, and he had been clean, dry and sober while in custody.