Shannon Noll Sentenced After Pleading Guilty To Drug Charge
Singer Shannon Noll has been handed a one year good behaviour bond and escaped conviction after pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine at a Sydney pub.
Noll, 43, was pinged with half a gram of the drug in a bag at a pub in Sydney last month and was arrested following a dog squad search.
It follows a string of incidents, including footage of Noll yelling abuse at an audience member at the Duck Creek Picnic Races in July after a beer can was thrown at him and, in January 2017, Noll was arrested and charged over the assault of a bouncer outside an Adelaide strip joint.
Noll's lawyer, Bryan Wrench, entered the plea at Sutherland Local Court on Thursday for one count of possessing a prohibited drug and asked that it proceed to sentence immediately.
Noll was caught by police with 0.53 grams of cocaine at Caringbah Hotel in southern Sydney on September 13.
Magistrate Glenn Walsh noted farmers and celebrities were among those who provided character references for Noll, who has fallen from his "high perch" and suffers "a severe case" of depression.
"He's never really gotten over the death of his father," Mr Walsh said as he imposed the bond.
The magistrate said a conviction would be "going too far" and "if he (Noll) wants to resurrect and continue his career, clearly a ... conviction would be most adverse to him".
Noll is currently in the middle of a national tour off the back of his latest album, Unbroken.
Noll outside court told reporters: "I'd just like to thank the judge, and Bryan Wrench for representation, and (I'm) just looking forward to putting this behind me and getting back to work."