THURGOONA man Kristopher Crowther will be sentenced in November for his role in an Albury drug syndicate that supplied ice.
Crowther, 19, appeared in the District Court at Albury yesterday before Judge Stephen Walmsley.
He was expected to be sentenced on 10 charges, including four of conspiracy to supply a prohibited drug and five of supplying a prohibited drug.
One of the supply charges relates to 18 grams of methamphetamine on one occasion.
But his barrister, Michael King, asked for an adjournment so Crowther would complete a drug rehabilitation program.
Mr King said Crowther was on Supreme Court bail and he tendered a report saying he needed three more months to complete the course.
Director of Public Prosecutions representative Diana Paterson said it was the Crown’s position that the only option for Crowther was a jail term.
Ms Paterson said there were equal rehabilitation prospects for Crowther if he was in custody.
“We do not agree with the course proposed by the Crown,” Mr King said. “He is a very young man.
He said the defence did not accept that Crowther could do his rehabilitation in jail.
Judge Walmsley asked Mr King: “Do you agree a term of full-time prison is inevitable?”
“No,” Mr King replied.
Judge Walmsley then adjourned the case to the District Court sittings, that are due to start on November 25.
“I note that it has been adjourned over the objection by the Crown,” he said.