On Wednesday, Mr Crean’s lawyer told Parramatta Local Court her client maintains the pills were for his personal use, however, he was willing to plead guilty to drug supply to get the matter dealt with quickly so he could return overseas on Friday.
Magistrate Richard Funston did not record a conviction because of the small amount involved and Mr Crean’s lack of a criminal record. He told the tourist he could have died if he took the capsules.
«It’s an incredibly foolish thing to do and obviously – I say it for the purpose of the court as well – people die of drug overdoses,» Mr Funston said to a public gallery filled with visiting school children.
The magistrate sentenced two other men who were found with MDMA capsules at the FOMO festival in Parramatta in January.
Trac Lockyer, 21, did not receive a conviction and was given an 18-month community release order after he was found with 10 MDMA capsules, while Christopher Parrott, 24, was convicted of drug supply and given an 18-month community release order after he was found with 20 MDMA capsules.
Mr Funston said he was not going to «lecture» Mr Lockyer about drugs and dance parties, «but the combination is a disaster».
He said he did not accept the 21-year-old’s claim to police that he found the bag of MDMA capsules on the ground at the music festival.
According to police facts, officers were conducting covert foot patrols inside FOMO – an event attended by 13,000 people which experiences a «high incidence of drug-related crime» – when they heard the two men may have drugs and approached them.
High-visibility police operations have been in place at a variety of music festivals over the summer following the deaths of five young people in NSW from suspected drug overdoses.
There is no suggestion the men who faced court on Wednesday are connected to the deaths.