From court to hospital
YESTERDAY was a bad day for Brian Byrnes.
Minutes after being sentenced on drugs charges, he walked out of the Bundaberg Courthouse — and into the path of an oncoming car.
Coonarr woman Toni Price watched the collision happen as she waited outside the courthouse about 11.15am.
“He came out of the court and he was moving quite quickly and unbuttoning his shirt, and all of a sudden he stepped in front of a four wheel-drive,” she said.
“There was this huge bang and he was on the ground.”
Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics took him to hospital with minor injuries.
Byrnes, 48, of Kalkie, had pleaded guilty to failing to dispose of a needle and possessing drug-related utensils.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Fiona Ward told Bundaberg Magistrates Court police had raided Byrnes's Kalkie home on August 14.
They detained two men, who said Byrnes and his partner had just left the house.
Police found two pipes and a used syringe in Byrnes's bedroom cupboard, which he later admitted were his.
“He said he used crushed morphine in the syringe and stated on this occasion he did not dispose of the needle in a sharps container because his two-year-old son had started to cry elsewhere in the house,” Snr Const Ward said.
Defence barrister Nick Larter said while his client's history was “rather extensive”, it was fairly dated.
Probation parole officer Greg McMahon said Byrnes's history was not impressive.
“I wish to express my concern about drug use and parenting,” Mr McMahon said.
“We're talking about a man with long-term drug issues.”
Magistrate Jennifer Batts sentenced Byrnes to 18 months probation.