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A George Town man who was repeatedly unable to provide a urine sample for a drug test was an unsuitable person for a drug treatment order, the Launceston Magistrates’ Court said. The court heard that 42-year-old Dale Andrew Henry had been unable to provide a sample on five of the six occasions he was required to do so under an order issued in June. Magistrate Ken Stanton said urine testing for the presence of drugs was an essential part of surveillance as part of a drug treatment order. READ MORE: Man charged with gun offenses in Launceston CBD “You were unable to provide a sample on all but one occasion,” he said. A drug treatment order is an alternative sentencing option that allows offenders to avoid jail as long as they comply with the terms of the order, including staying drug-free. At a plea hearing last week, Mr Stanton said: “I see no reason why you would not be able to provide a sample other than a deliberate attempt to avoid the outcome.” “I will need a sworn explanation for your inability to produce a sample multiple times.” When questioned by defense attorney Beri Kurdistan, Henry testified that he only used the bathroom twice a day and that morning appointments were inconvenient. But during sentencing on Monday, Mr Stanton said Henry’s engagement with his case manager was limited and he could not be contacted on a regular basis. READ MORE: Interstate magistrate required for Councilor Henry’s trial pleaded guilty to unlawfully setting fire to vegetation, breaking into and stealing two motor vehicles valued at $ 587 and having a knife in a public place and was sentenced to four months in prison. Mr Stanton also activated two conditional sentences of two months each, but made them concurrent with the most recent sentence and backdated them to April 13. He said a drug treatment order was inappropriate. Our journalists work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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