Heroin accused argumentative in court

CHARGED: Joanna Weber and Rodney Minogue are accused of running a heroin syndicate.
CHARGED: Joanna Weber and Rodney Minogue are accused of running a heroin syndicate.

A MAN accused of running a Sydney heroin ring from a bungalow at the back of his parent’s South Albury home has appeared in court.

Rodney Joseph Minogue became argumentative with magistrate Tony Murray in Albury on Tuesday when talking about the matter.

Appearing in a stained white shirt tucked into grey track pants, the 51-year-old spoke about his criminal history and tried to talk over the magistrate.

“I know my record’s horrendous,” he said before the magistrate tried to cut him off. 

“No, stop,” Mr Murray replied as Minogue continued to argue, raising his voice.

“Don’t talk over me.

“You could easily be charged with contempt of court.”

Mr Murray said it was “incredibly foolish” to try to talk over a presiding magistrate.

Minogue was arrested on March 29 after a five-month investigation into heroin supply around Sydney, which was allegedly run from Albury.

Minogue was charged with supplying 1.5 grams of heroin at Darlinghurst between November 18 last year up until to his arrest.

He has also been charged with directing a criminal group.

His wife, Joanna Weber, 51, has been charged with 30 counts of supplying prohibited drugs and directing a criminal group.

Minogue is banned from contacting her as part of his bail conditions, which also require him to report to the Albury police station three times a week.

He told Mr Murray he needed to appear before court in Waverley next Wednesday for driving matters, which would affect his ability to report on bail.

The matter was adjourned to the Sydney Central Local Court on May 25. 

Minogue's wife will appear on the same day.