Shannon Noll, better known to you all as either “Nollsy,” “Mad Dog,” or “You Absolute Weapon,” has escaped criminal conviction in Sydney court this afternoon after pleading guilty to one charge of drug possession.

Noll appeared at Sutherland Local Court this afternoon for sentencing, where he was given a one-year good behaviour bond and had no criminal conviction recorded.

NSW Police charged the 43-year-old singer with one count of drug possession after being found with 0.53g of cocaine on him at the Caringbah Hotel on September 13th.

Magistrate Glenn Walsh, in overseeing the case today, heard and acknowledged that Noll had been suffering from severe clinical depression and had never fully gotten over the death of his father Neil in a farming accident in 2001. The magistrate also accepted that Noll had already suffered as a result of the media publicity the charge drew. Noll’s counsel argued that he had lost at least 2 jobs since news of the charge went public.

Magistrate Walsh asserted that registering a conviction against Noll would be “going too far” and would serve as an adverse hurdle in Noll’s attempt to get his life back on track.

Outside the courthouse following the hearing, Noll gave a short statement to waiting media, asserting he was “looking forward to putting this behind me and getting back to work.

Here’s hoping he does.

Source: 9 News
Image: AAP