A driver for high-profile Sydney hotelier Justin Hemmes has pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine, found after police stopped him behind the wheel of a Rolls-Royce Phantom.
John Robert Hart, 46, who also works as a driver for federal ministers, today appeared in the Downing Centre Local Court after he was caught with the drug on James Street at Redfern in September.
He was caught a week after five security guards from Mr Hemmes's Ivy nightclub were charged with assaulting a 19-year-old patron.
In documents before the court today, police said they were conducting a routine patrol when they spotted the Rolls-Royce with the number plates IVY.
"Police asked the accused if he had anything he shouldn't have," the court documents state.
"The accused answered: 'Yeah, probably.'"
Mr Hart's solicitor told the court that his client had the cocaine to try to help him relax after working two jobs.
He said Mr Hart had no prior convictions and being caught by police and the subsequent media attention had been a "wake-up call".
Magistrate Jane Mottley put Mr Hart on a two-year good behaviour bond with no conviction recorded.
In making her judgment, she said had taken into account that Mr Hart had entered a plea of guilty at the first opportunity.
However, Ms Mottley did not accept comments made by Mr Hart in a psychological report that he had fallen victim to "peer pressure".
"Teenagers suffer from peer pressure," she told the court. "Middle-aged men don't."
Mr Hart, who lives in Darlinghurst, refused to comment as he left court.