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Aspiring drug seller attacked taxi driver

A DRINK DRIVING L plater who refused a breath test, attempted to bash two Warrnambool taxi drivers and then got caught before he could get his drug trafficking operation off the ground has been ordered to do community work.

A DRINK DRIVING L plater who refused a breath test, attempted to bash two Warrnambool taxi drivers and then got caught before he could get his drug trafficking operation off the ground has been ordered to do community work.

Hirau Taurima, 21, of Saywell Court, Warrnambool, pleaded guilty to trafficking a drug of dependence, stating a false name, drink driving (.03) in Broadmeadows, intentionally damaging property, unlawful assault, refusing a breath test, reversing when unsafe and three charges of both failing to displaying L plates and being an L plater not accompanied by an experienced driver.

For trafficking methamphetamine he was jailed for three months but the sentence was suspended for 18 months. Toms Outlet

On the other charges he was convicted, placed on a 12 month community based order, has to undergo counselling, treatment and programs as requested and perform 120 hours community work.

Taurima also has to pay $1287 compensation and his driver’s licence was disqualified for two years.

Police alleged in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court that on July 18 Taurima was driving a Subaru west along Raglan Parade before pulling into the Apco service station where he collided with a steel pole.

Taurima reversed and crashed into a parked taxi. He then punched the bonnet of the taxi several times causing $1287 damage.

The defendant was approached by a taxi driver who he punched to the jaw. He attempted to punch another taxi driver but missed. When police arrived at the scene Taurima was agitated and refused to accompany police for an alcohol breath test.

On July 22 Taurima had been driving a blue Holden Commodore with South Australian number plates, but the vehicle broke down. Police were called because the car was becoming a traffic hazard.

Officers found Taurima in the car by himself and he gave them a false name and address, saying he was waiting for relatives to pick him up.

A search of the car revealed a bag containing four white pieces of powder.

Police also found a bag containing white powder in a cigarette packet, a set of small black scales and $450 cash. A number of zip lock bags containing drugs were also found in the driver’s door.

Taurima admitted to police the powder was methamphetamine or speed, he had 14 grams he planned to sel Toms Outlet l it for $200 a gram and he wanted to get into drug traffi Toms Outlet cking to make a better life.

Defence counsel Tim McCulloch said his client had limited prior convictions, a good work history and he now realised he had been involved in serious offending.

Magistrate Ron Saines said the offences were serious and if Taurima committed more in future a jail term would have to be considered.

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