Turning point

December 05, 2017

A man caught with methamphetamines has told a magistrate he did not regret getting caught because his arrest led him to get off drugs.

Shepparton man Matthew Roczniak, 21, sped away from police on Drummond Rd, Shepparton, on September 16 before he was apprehended.

When police searched his car they found a small amount of methamphetamines, a flick knife and the drug GHB.

Roczniak faced court yesterday, but rather than expressing remorse, he said his arrest had been a turning point in his life.

After keeping his drug addiction secret, he used the arrest as an excuse to come out to his family about the extent of his problems.

‘‘I don’t regret it (the arrest) because it changed my life, it was a relief getting caught,’’ Roczniak said.

He pleaded guilty to the charges and said he had engaged in rehabilitation since the arrest.

To stay away from previous associates he moved from Shepparton to Melbourne, where rehabilitation and support services are more readily available.

Defence lawyer Luke Slater said his client should not have a conviction recorded, as he was a young offender without a history who had done all the right things since getting caught.

Roczniak told the court he planned to start a new career, possibly in insurance, car sales or real estate as part of his new life.

‘‘The main focus of the court in my submission should be on rehabilitation,’’ Mr Slater said.

Leading Senior Constable Chris Cole said Roczniak had ‘‘taken every possible step to address these issues’’ and recommended against a conviction.

Magistrate Louis Hill sentenced Roczniak to a 12-month adjourned undertaking, giving him one year to avoid a criminal conviction if he stays out of trouble.

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