THOMAS Williamson, whose alleged drug possession and dealing was uncovered by police when they seized his mobile phone following the Wentworth Golf Club robbery in April, is being assessed in jail to see if he is suitable for a drug rehabilitation program.
Williamson, 21, is in custody facing 43 charges of drug supply and possession.
In Orange Local Court last Thursday his solicitor Mason Manwaring requested his client be assessed for suitability for the Magistrates Early Referral Into Treatment (MERIT) program while he is in custody in the lead-up to his next court appearance next month.
Williamson became a person of interest to police when he was allegedly found to be part of the chain in a series of text messages in the lead-up to the golf club robbery in April.
When Williamson was arrested along with Adrian John Bunn, 22, and Joshua Gary Cooper, 25, police alleged they uncovered messages that linked Williamson to drug supply and possession.
The drug charges against Williamson are indictable offences, which means they have the potential to be taken to a higher court, the Orange District Court. The case is being prosecuted by the Department of Public Prosecutions.
Williamson’s solicitor Mason Manwaring made limited comment on his client’s case on Thursday other than to ask for a MERIT assessment as the brief is still being prepared on the case.
Williamson has been listed to reappear in late September on the same date as his co-accused and will remain in custody.
Entry into the MERIT program is often considered by the courts as an alternative to custody for serious drug and alcohol-related charges.
Bunn and Cooper have been described by police as the brains and the brawn behind the robbery on Sunday, night April 7 when a casual barman was allegedly threatened with a gun.