A Manjimup man remanded in custody after pleading guilty to 88 charges, including 82 counts of offering to sell or supply a prohibited drug, has been given a suspended sentence and a $5000 fine. Dexter Dave Cusack, 46, avoided jail when appearing for sentencing at Manjimup Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. Earlier he had pleaded guilty to 82 charges of offering to sell or supply a prohibited drug with a street value of $13,000, along with a string of other charges related to drugs and drug paraphernalia and possession of unlawfully obtained property. Cusack’s lawyer argued his client used cannabis to treat his mental health, having been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety and ADHD, and that he had a violent home life as a child. The court was told Cusack rationalised selling cannabis by believing he was helping the community and had been recorded as calling himself “the saviour of Manjimup”. Magistrate Michelle Harries spoke on the dangers of his distribution and selling cannabis to the community, calling his offences “in the mid-range of seriousness”. She said he was “gaining profit from vulnerable people” and using the profits to support himself. She also said cannabis distribution could cause wider harm in the community, pointing to increased propensity for assault and domestic violence, along with the risk of mental health issues for users. Magistrate Harries handed down a suspended prison term of 13 months, which was to be suspended for 18 months, along with a $5000 fine and an order for the destruction of all drugs that were in his possession.