A former senior Canberra Comanchero may be one of the first people sentenced in the ACT's new Drug and Alcohol Court.
Jirawat Marrotnok McCallum, 31, was set to learn his fate in the ACT Supreme Court on Thursday after previously pleading guilty to charges of trafficking cocaine and cannabis, and possessing prohibited weapons.
In September, the former Canberra Comanchero road captain took to the stand to declare he had left the bikie gang and wanted a fresh start in life. He also admitted to previously being a member of the Rebels.
McCallum received an indicative sentence of two years and 10 months in prison on that occasion, but Chief Justice Helen Murrell adjourned the September hearing to see if McCallum was suitable for an intensive correction order that would allow him to serve his sentence in the community.
On Thursday, Chief Justice Murrell said she believed the cocaine trafficking offence was too serious to allow for such an order.
She proposed that McCallum, whose partner gave birth to a daughter last month, instead be referred to the new Drug and Alcohol Court sentencing list, which is set to start on December 3.
Chief Justice Murrell said Drug and Alcohol Court programs would offer a greater level of supervision and support for rehabilitation.
The court is being introduced with the aim of stopping reoffending by sending eligible convicted criminals to court-monitored rehabilitation programs that will require them to adhere to strict conditions, including providing urine samples up to three times a week, in order to avoid jail time.
Defence barrister Steven Whybrow said McCallum needed time to consider the ramifications of Chief Justice Murrell's proposal.
McCallum was remanded in custody with the case adjourned until December 3, when he may be referred for an assessment to see if he is suitable for the programs.