A man who brought a screwdriver to a pharmacy to demand painkillers was suffering from an infection in his foot, a court has heard
Shane Roger Kellow was looking for pain relief when he went to the Maroochydore Day and Night Pharmacy in January, reports the Sunshine Coast Daily.
His pain was caused by an infection from rusting screws which had been inserted into his ankle as treatment for injuries sustained during a motorcycle crash.
The injury had been significant enough that medical practitioners considered amputation, and while this had not taken place, Mr Kellow suffered ongoing complications including blood and skin infections as a result of the rusting of the screws in the joint.
He became aggressive during the incident at the pharmacy and brought out a screwdriver, which he was asked to put down.
The Maroochydore Magistrates Court heard that when police arrived, the 40-year-old concreter and pump operator was significantly under the influence of a substance.
He told them that he had been using the screwdriver to keep his pants held up, but when asked to demonstrate how he did so, was unable to comply.
Police found a bag of methamphetamine on the man.
The Daily reports that magistrate Matthew McLaughlin was critical of Mr Kellow for using money to buy methamphetamine, but not to prioritise the purchase of painkillers.
He reprimanded the man for behaving “like an idiot” at the pharmacy at his age.
Mr Kellow was fined $500 and pleaded guilty to individual counts of public nuisance, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of a knife in public.
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