Festival drug suppliers face court

Two men accused of supplying drugs at Glenworth Valley music festival, Lost Paradise, fronted Gosford Local Court on January 18.
Mark Burns, of Elanora Heights, and, Liam Ellis-Roberts, of Drummoyne, appeared charged with one count each of supplying and possessing prohibited drugs.
Burns pleaded guilty to possessing and supplying MDMA.
According to police facts tendered in court, he was also found to be in possession of more than six grams of cocaine, which he told police was for personal use.
Residing Registrar, Chris Steptoe, adjourned Burns’ case for sentencing at Downing Centre Local Court.
In a different courtroom, Ellis-Roberts’ lawyer told residing Magistrate, Alex Mijovich, that his client intends to plead guilty to charges of supply and possession after he was caught with 25 grams of MDMA and a quantity of Xanax, but sought to have the matter adjourned so his client could be considered for the Magistrate’s Early Referral Into Treatment rehabilitation program.
The Magistrate declined the request and adjourned Ellis-Roberts’ case to February 1.
During their cases, there was no suggestion made that either Burns or Ellis-Roberts were linked to the supply of drugs that killed Brisbane man and festival goer, Joshua Tam.

Court case, Jan 18
Police notes, Jan 18
Dilon Luke, Journalist

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