Thu, 11 Oct, 2018
Shannon Noll pleads guilty in court
In his latest round of strife, singer Shannon Noll has appeared at a Sydney court pleading guilty for cocaine possession.
The Australian Idol runner-up, 43, was arrested on September 13 for carrying half a gram of the drug, following a dog squad search at Caringbah Hotel in Sydney’s south.
At Sutherland Local Court, Noll’s lawyer, Bryan Wrench, entered a guilty plea on behalf of his client and asked that the charge proceed to sentencing immediately, reported news.com.au.
Noll escaped having the conviction recorded with Magistrate Glenn Walsh imposing a one year good behaviour bond instead. It appears that glowing references from farmers and celebrities, such as shock jock Kyle Sandilands, that Noll is a “great man”, aided a more lenient punishment.
The singer was described in court a personality who had fallen from his “high perch” and it was revealed that Noll has “a severe case” of depression.
The magistrate noted the impact of the death of Noll’s father Neil in 2001, as he handed down his judgement.
“He’s never really gotten over the death of his father,” he said.
Noll spoke about the devastating loss of his father in an interview with The Daily Telegraph in 2008, saying that it was then that his addiction to drugs and alcohol was at its worst.
“I got to a stage where I had to own up to it,’’ he said. “I’d turned into a zombie on the lounge. I wasn’t doing anything useful.
“My dad never drank and he never smoked.
“He worked his fingers to the bone. You can be a good man and, still, things can go wrong.”
“You can wrap yourself in cotton wool and get hit by a truck. So I thought, bugger it, I’m going to live life, try things, have a bit of fun and not live in the closet. I don’t want to live my life worrying about what might go wrong.’’
Magistrate Walsh said he believed a conviction for drug possession 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.”
“Frankly, his status as a singer has little to do with this case,” he said.
Speaking to reporters outside the court, Noll, who was arrested in January last year at an Adelaide strip club for assaulting a bouncer, said he was relieved the case was over, and was looking forward to “getting back to work”.