22 southeast Qld ice addicts and their trails of destruction

 

Methamphetamine addiction runs rampant throughout southeast Queensland, where far too many people have lost their family, their financial security and their future to the drug's icy grip.

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, for the last three years Australia reported the highest methamphetamine addiction rate in the world, with a rapid increase in the number of meth-related deaths and a high usage rate among young adults.

A single day at any southeast Queensland courthouse reveals the true toll methamphetamines have on communities as lawyers recount, time and again, how drug use led defendants down a dark path.

Sadly, it seems no one is immune.

As seen in the following local stories, addiction can affect anyone, from the young to old, and from the rich to the poor.

Zacherie William Sharman became homeless and desperate after he became addicted to meth.
Zacherie William Sharman became homeless and desperate after he became addicted to meth.

ZACHERIE WILLIAM SHARMAN, 25

"Get away from me, we want nothing to do with you."

In October the Sandgate Magistrates Court heard how methamphetamine addiction drove prestigious Nudgee College alumnus Zacherie William Sharman to a life of homelessness, desperation and crime.

According to the police prosecutor, 25-year-old Sharman took $100 from his mother to pay off a drug debt during an aggressive altercation in the car park of the Albion McDonald's on February 22.

Sharman, who was reportedly homeless at the time, had run into his mother by chance.

Mrs Sharman escaped and drove home to Sandgate, but her son reappeared shortly thereafter, seemingly having followed her in a taxi.

Sharman took his parents' work ute and several days later a search warrant revealed he was in possession of drug utensils and meth.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts found Sharman guilty of all charges. He was convicted, fined $400 and disqualified from driving for two years.

Sharman told the court he discovered religion during his eight month stint at a drug rehabilitation centre in Hervey Bay, and had since stopped using drugs.

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Oxley man Brodie Anthony Carroll, 27. Picture: Facebook.
Oxley man Brodie Anthony Carroll, 27. Picture: Facebook.

BRODIE ANTHONY CARROLL, 27

"His offending was driven by a significant ice addiction."

Oxley man Brodie Carroll was jailed by a Beenleigh magistrate for 16 months on November 26 last year after pleading guilty to 40 offences.

Most of the offences were driving related, despite the fact Mr Carroll had never held a licence.

Police prosecutor Tim Wise told the court the most serious offence was a dangerous driving which occurred on a Friday afternoon in "peak traffic" on Beaudesert Rd at Acacia Ridge.

Carroll was on a motorbike travelling about 40km/h over the speed limit, lane swapping and splitting, and forcing other road users to take evasive action, Mr Wise said.

The offending only ceased when Carroll "ran out of fuel" and ditched the motorcycle, the court heard.

Mr Carroll was on probation for most of the offences.

Defence solicitor Michael O'Brien told the court his client's offending was driven by a "considerable" ice addiction, worsened by the death of a brother in a road incident.

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The Magistrate warned Anita Sarita Chopra her addiction could have severe consequences for her son.
The Magistrate warned Anita Sarita Chopra her addiction could have severe consequences for her son.

ANITA SARITA CHOPRA, 30

"The impact on the community is significant. The impact on your son is significant."

Desperation drove 30-year-old meth-addicted mother Anita Sarita Chopra to steal tens of thousands of dollars worth of jewellery from a home in Brisbane's north.

Chopra broke down in tears as she pleaded guilty to 14 charges, including attempted fraud, driving under the influence, stealing and possession of dangerous drugs, at her hearing at the Pine Rivers Magistrates Court in December.

The police prosecutor told the court Chopra had stolen a PlayStation, earrings, rings and necklaces from the home, most notably securing a very expensive white gold necklace featuring an emerald and diamond heart-shaped pendant.

The total value of the goods was estimated to be between $40,000 and $70,000.

The lawyer for the defence told the court Chopra's criminal behaviour was born out of a crippling methamphetamine addiction which caused her to act out of character.

Chopra had attended several rehabilitation programs over the last few months and has since managed to get on the straight and narrow, as evidenced by her compliance with a bail condition to report daily to her local police station.

She was sentenced to two years of probation and disqualified from driving for 12 months.

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Jimboomba woman Chontae Alice Herr, 20. Picture: Facebook
Jimboomba woman Chontae Alice Herr, 20. Picture: Facebook

Chontae Alice Herr, 20

"You were basically out of control."

Jimboomba woman Chontae Herr was sentenced on November 9 last year to nine months' imprisonment for 40 offences committed in an eight-month period from November 9, 2019 to June 18, 2020, which started just four days after she was placed on probation for drug possession.

Herr's offences included two counts of possessing drugs, receiving tainted property, three counts of evading police, three counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, eight counts of fraud, 11 counts of breaching bail conditions, drug driving, unlicensed driving, stealing and three counts of driving with switched registration plates, among other offences.

Magistrate Clare Kelly told Herr she was "basically out of control" during the period of offending.

Defence solicitor Rhiannon Dhillon told the court Herr's offending was touched off by the "freedom" she felt at leaving the abusive relationship with the man who convinced her to leave school early and with whom she first took drugs.

Ms Dhillon also said Herr's drug use, which eventually became "daily" use of ice, was also precipitated by the death of her grandmother in 2016.

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Mount Gravatt woman Katrina Shipp, 46. Picture: Facebook
Mount Gravatt woman Katrina Shipp, 46. Picture: Facebook

KATRINA SHIPP, 46

"Do you really want to be chained to this drug for the rest of your life?"

Mount Gravatt woman Katrina Shipp was sentenced in Cleveland Magistrates Court to 18 months' probation and two months' imprisonment to be served in the community under an intensive corrections order on charges of stealing and multiple drug offences.

The stealing offence related to brake pads worth $87 from Supercheap Auto Cleveland.

On March 28 last year, Shipp placed the goods in a bag and simply walked out of the store to a vehicle, the registration of which was used to identify her.

The drug charges related to an incident on June 22.

The court was told police heard a glass meth pipe break as it was dropped out of a vehicle intercepted at 6.40pm in Bowen Hills and could still see smoke from the drug in the interior.

Officers discovered a broken glass ice pipe, digital scales, clip seal bags and methamphetamine stored in a shoebox in the vehicle driven by Shipp.

Defence solicitor Rhys Foster said his client had been given her first taste of meth in 2016 after the death of her mother and had started offending in 2017.

Having shown the court dramatic images of before and after images of ice users, Magistrate Deborah Vasta said time was of the essence when treating addiction.

"Do you really want to be chained to this drug for the rest of your life?"she asked.

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A 12 day bender on meth saw Siahn Curran arrested three times and hospitalised twice.
A 12 day bender on meth saw Siahn Curran arrested three times and hospitalised twice.

SIAHN CURRAN, 28

"She has lost her employment as a result of this."

A broken heart led Brisbane real estate agent Siahn Curran on a 12-day drug bender that ended in two hospital visits, multiple arrests and the loss of her job, the Sandgate Magistrates Court heard in August.

The 28-year-old Curran pleaded guilty to five charges, including driving under the influence, unlawful possession of methamphetamine and drug utensils, and driving under suspension.

Police prosecutor Val Crossley told the court that Curran first came to the attention of police at 9pm on June 13, when she "appeared to be asleep" at the wheel of a parked car on Main St, Kangaroo Point.

Over the following days Curran would be arrested and sent to hospital a further two times for getting behind the wheel while under the influence of meth, in one case found with .81 grams of ice and a syringe hidden in the centre console.

Lawyer for the defence David Abrey said Curran had recently broken up with her long-term partner.

"It seems to have exacerbated her situation and led her to go on a bit of a bender," Mr Abrey said.

"She has lost her employment as a result of this."

Curran was sentenced to 14 months of probation and disqualified from driving for three years and six months. The conviction was recorded.

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Loganlea man Brodie Lee Treloar, 22. Picture: Facebook
Loganlea man Brodie Lee Treloar, 22. Picture: Facebook

BRODIE LEE TRELOAR, 22

"He was injecting ice up to 10 times a day."

Loganlea man Brodie Treloar was jailed for nine months on February 10 this year after pleading guilty to 17 offences committed between July 23, 2017 and September 8, 2020.

They included, most seriously, entering a business premises with intent at Acacia Ridge on March 12, 2018 and failing to stop a motor vehicle for police on July 23, 2017.

They also included three counts of possessing a dangerous drug, cannabis; travelling 175km/h in a 60km/h zone; stealing $200 worth of perfume at Chemist Warehouse, Virginia; obstructing police, evading a fare at Loganlea Railway Station; driving unlicensed having never held a licence; and multiple counts of breaching bail.

Defence lawyer Raquel Brehmer told the court Treloar had been "injecting ice up to 10 times a day" and doesn't remember anything from his offending committed in mid- to late-2020.

Ms Brehmer said her client spiralled into ice addiction after the breakdown of a relationship in 2017.

Treloar claimed this was followed by his ex running off with his brother.

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Andrew Julian Stewart-Smith woke up in hospital in August after suffering from a drug-induced psychosis and overdose, at which point he knew enough was enough.
Andrew Julian Stewart-Smith woke up in hospital in August after suffering from a drug-induced psychosis and overdose, at which point he knew enough was enough.

ANDREW JULIAN STEWART-SMITH, 24

"You know I won't stop, call me or I swear to god, I'm going to jail."

The coronavirus lockdown was blamed for a 24-year-old Brisbane man's downward spiral into drugs that caused him to stalk a former roommate, steal stock from Bunnings Warehouse and travel with close to 400 grams of dangerous drugs.

Andrew Julian Stewart-Smith from Chermside West pleaded guilty to a staggering 27 charges over six months at the Sandgate Magistrates Court in December.

Defence Lawyer Stephanie Tsimos from KLM Solicitors told the court Stewart-Smith lost his job at a caravan park in February due to the pandemic, which had "significant impact on his mental health and ultimately saw him walking down a very dark path".

The young man's drug addiction seemed to worsen progressively from March, when he texted a woman more than 100 times, to August, when he was found with 385 grams of cannabis, .9 grams of methamphetamines and. 2g of MDMA, placing the crime narrowly outside of the Supreme Court's jurisdiction.

Ms Tsimos told the court Stewart-Smith woke up in hospital in August after suffering from a drug-induced psychosis and overdose, at which point he knew enough was enough.

He has since made efforts to detox and rehabilitate with the assistance of his family and friends.

He was convicted and sentenced to two years of probation.

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Gold Coast man Michael Lee Strutt, 36, formerly of Spring Hill, at Beenleigh Magistrates Court. Picture: Alex Treacy
Gold Coast man Michael Lee Strutt, 36, formerly of Spring Hill, at Beenleigh Magistrates Court. Picture: Alex Treacy

MICHAEL LEE STRUTT, 36

"He was fiddling in his pocket before he lifted his jacket to expose his penis."

Michael Strutt, formerly of Spring Hill since moving to the Gold Coast region, pleaded guilty to six offences on September 25 last year.

He tried to follow a woman into the bathroom at Nerang Railway Station with a taser in his possession, but bizarrely he was not detained and therefore was free to flash his penis to another woman on the train two hours later.

He was charged with attempted fraud, impersonating a living person, wilful exposure, public nuisance, possessing a drug utensil and possessing a Category R weapon.

The latter four offences occurred on February 14, 2020.

About 6.30pm, police were called to reports a man was making a "pest" of himself trying to follow a woman into a bathroom and acting in a lascivious manner.

Strutt was arrested shortly after police arrived and issued a notice to appear for public nuisance and possession of an ice pipe and taser-type antipersonnel device.

However, police did not detain him or remove him from the situation, and two hours later he boarded a train.

The court heard a female passenger witnessed Strutt "fiddling" in his pocket in a suspicious manner, before he lifted his jacket to "expose his penis".

The court also heard Strutt had consumed a "large" quantity of ice the day of his wilful exposure and was showing overt signs of his condition.

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The court heard Hayley Jane Stringer struggled with a meth addiction for several years.
The court heard Hayley Jane Stringer struggled with a meth addiction for several years.

HAYLEY JANE STRINGER, 27

"She spent all of her money on drinking and drugs."

Serial shoplifter Hayley Jane Stringer, from Scarborough, started to give herself a five-finger discount at Westfield Chermside when she "spent all her money on drinking and drugs".

The Sandgate Magistrates Court heard that Stringer, 27, targeted several stores at Westfield Chermside during a five month stealing spree that spanned from July 21 to December 10 of 2020.

During that time she stole clothes, cosmetics and accessories from a stores such as Oscar Wylee, Coles, Kmart and Rebel Sport.

Loss prevention officers foiled each of her attempts and in all cases the stock was recovered in saleable condition.

Lawyer Andrew Stewart of Stewart Burr and Myr Lawyers noted Stringer's lengthy criminal history had been born of a debilitating methamphetamine addiction.

The court heard addiction took the life of Stringer's long term partner, who tragically died in her arms of an overdose earlier that year.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts acknowledged the steps Stringer had since taken to fight her demons, having joined a suboxone program and undergone grief counselling.

Stringer was sentenced to nine months imprisonment, wholly suspended for an operational period of 18 months, and placed on a probation order for 18 months.

Convictions were recorded.

 

Tanah Merah woman Vanessa Grace Butler, 36. Picture: Facebook
Tanah Merah woman Vanessa Grace Butler, 36. Picture: Facebook

VANESSA GRACE BUTLER, 36

"You've had a problem with dangerous drugs for a very long time."

Tanah Merah woman Butler tried to pass off a small glass vial of GHB, also known as liquid fantasy, as perfume when police performed a search warrant on her home on May 21, 2020.

She was charged with four offences following the search warrant on her Tanah Merah home: two counts of possessing a dangerous drug and one count each of possessing a drug utensil and contravening an order to access information stored electronically.

Police located a glass ice pipe in Butler's bathroom, which she confessed to using the night prior to smoke ice; a small clip-seal bag containing less than a gram of ice on top of her bedroom table; and the 10mL vial of fantasy on a bedroom shelf.

When questioned, Butler tried to pass the vial off as perfume, but the police weren't fooled and "recognised the substance" to be GHB.

She was sentenced to four months' imprisonment with immediate court-ordered parole.

The court heard Butler had a seven-page criminal history and that the current offences were committed barely one month after the end of the operational period of an 18-month suspended sentence.

"You've had a problem with dangerous drugs for a very long time," Mr O'Driscoll said.

"You're on the verge of spending time in a correctional centre."

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Ryan Daniel Burr ran through red lights, drove straight for police officers and was finally stopped by a spike trap during a police chase across North Lakes.
Ryan Daniel Burr ran through red lights, drove straight for police officers and was finally stopped by a spike trap during a police chase across North Lakes.

RYAN DANIEL BURR, 24

"So you can smack her in the mouth but you're sad when she dies?"

Ryan Daniel Burr faced 14 charges at the Pine Rivers Magistrates Court in February, including possession of dangerous drugs, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and assault.

The court heard Burr accused his girlfriend of cheating on him then pushed her head into a window and repeatedly hit her on the mouth and head, causing her to "taste blood" and feel significant pain.

The young woman has since died of an unrelated heart attack.

Burr racked up an additional 13 charges since her passing, all of which he pleaded guilty to via videolink from the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre.

In a crime spree that stretched from September 23 to October 13, Burr was busted with clip seal bags of methamphetamine, used syringes and restricted drugs in the CBD and then led police on a dangerous car chase through North Lakes, where he drove into oncoming traffic.

Defence lawyer Brendan Beavon from Russo Lawyers said most of Burr's offending could be linked back to his use of "ice", which he started using when he was just 18-years-old.

Burr was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment for the assault charge, 18 months imprisonment for the unlawful use of a motor vehicle and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle charges and 100 days imprisonment for the evasion charge.

He was disqualified from driving for three years.

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Crestmead man Jesse James Clifford-Marsh, pictured here in early-2017. Picture: Facebook
Crestmead man Jesse James Clifford-Marsh, pictured here in early-2017. Picture: Facebook

JESSE JAMES CLIFFORD-MARSH, 22

"You could lose your life to drugs or the ravages of drugs."

Crestmead man Clifford-Marsh pleaded guilty to four offences in Beenleigh Magistrates Court on November 5: two counts of driving while disqualified by a court order and one count each of drug driving and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

He was busted driving with meth in his system on May 22, 2020, and arrested a few weeks after on June 15 when he went for a joyride in a stolen car.

All four offences were committed while on parole, Clifford-Marsh having been released from his last custodial stint in April 2020.

Magistrate Clare Kelly offered the young recalcitrant some words of advice.

"You are going to battle the drug addiction all your life," she said.

"You could lose your life to drugs or the ravages of drugs."

Clifford-Marsh was sentenced to 18 months' jail, with immediate parole eligibility.

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Renee Wodson received a suspended prison sentence.
Renee Wodson received a suspended prison sentence.

RENEE WODSON, 40

"She hit the gear and went off the rails."

A 40-year-old Lawnton woman was slammed with a suspended prison sentence for a six month, meth-fuelled crime spree across Brisbane's north at the Pine Rivers Magistrates Court in February.

The court heard "trouble seems to find" Renee Wodson, who pleaded guilty to a series of 11 charges which included stealing, producing dangerous drugs and unlawful possession of a weapon.

According to her lawyer, Wodson had been on the straight and narrow for close to ten years when an alleged assault outside the Westfield Chermside left her feeling anxious and traumatised.

Wodson, a former army signalman, "hit the gear and went off the rails", beginning with a $400 stealing attempt at a Strathpine store on March 28.

Her offending escalated over the following months as police found weapons and drugs in her car and home.

The court heard Wodson had ceased her drug use following the final arrest and she and her partner of 12 years planned to move away from the Pine Rivers area for a fresh start.

Magistrate Trevor Morgan sentenced Wodson to a three month suspended prison sentence with an operational period of nine months and issued a $2500 fine.

Convictions were recorded.

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Crestmead mother-of-five Meisha Jean Heta, 42, went on a shoplifting spree at Westfield Garden City to feed her ice habit, and led police on a chase through Logan in a stolen car. Picture: Facebook
Crestmead mother-of-five Meisha Jean Heta, 42, went on a shoplifting spree at Westfield Garden City to feed her ice habit, and led police on a chase through Logan in a stolen car. Picture: Facebook

MEISHA JEAN HETA, 42

"She stole out of necessity to feed her addiction."

Crestmead mother-of-five Meisha Heta was sentenced in Beenleigh on June 9 for nearly 20 offences, including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, evading police, and 10 charges of stealing.

The court heard she went on a shoplifting spree on January 26 last year at Westfield Garden City to feed her ice addiction.

She stole: groceries from Woolworths and Coles, a speaker from the Reject Shop, a handbag from Colette, a handbag and perfume from Terry White Chemist, hairdressing equipment from Priceline Pharmacy, and also items from City Chic.

The dangerous driving charge stemmed from an incident on October 17, 2019.

Heta was detected by police at Logan Central behind the wheel of a Hyundai Tuscon stolen from Ascot.

Police activated their sirens but gave up pursuing Heta after a short chase which was discontinued due to it becoming unsafe for the officers when she sped off onto Kingston Rd.

The court heard Heta was accelerating quickly, swerving between lanes of traffic and running red lights to avoid police. Her licence had been disqualified by a court order.

Heta was sentenced to 12 months' jail and granted immediate parole eligibility having served 59 days behind bars.

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Renee McFarland went from first try to hospitalisation and arrest within months.
Renee McFarland went from first try to hospitalisation and arrest within months.

RENEE MCFARLAND, 20

"I'll f---ing bite you if I f---ing want to, you pig."

A 20-year-old Mango Hill barista was sentenced to a suspended term of imprisonment at the Pine Rivers Magistrates Court in February following a rapid descent into methamphetamine-induced madness.

The court heard Renee McFarland had only been using methamphetamines for a short period of time when, on July 23, she barricaded herself behind furniture in her home and violently assaulted police.

Police prosecutor sergeant Chelsea Ham said police were called to reports of McFarland "burning herself with cigarettes" and "hitting herself" at her home at Mango Hill.

When the officers arrived, McFarland struggled violently to escape arrest, headbutting the ground with the back of her head, kicking an officer in the stomach, another in the right thigh, and attempting to bite a third.

"I'll f---ing bite you if I f---ing want to, you pig," McFarland told one of the officers, according to Sgt Ham.

The incident was read out in the courtroom as it directly mirrored the events that occurred on December 27, when McFarland was charged with an additional three counts of serious assault of a police officer.

On that occasion, McFarland bit one of the officers on the right knee, pushed another into a towel rail causing them to fall into the bath, kicked the officers on their legs, and bit another officer on the left hand.

She was transported to prison, where she remained in custody for 33 days.

McFarland pleaded guilty to the charges.

Defence Lawyer Shaun Kolo told the court McFarland had a "significant methamphetamine addiction" that progressed from first try, to using up to a gram, within days.

The rapid escalation of addiction had meant the Clontarf State School alumnus lost her employment as a shift supervisor at a local cafe and prevented her from following her dreams to study to become a nurse.

Magistrate Melanie Ho sentenced McFarland to 12 months imprisonment for each of the three assault charges, to be served concurrently and immediately suspended for two years.

Convictions were recorded.

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Eagleby woman Jamie Lee Roberts, 27. Picture: Facebook
Eagleby woman Jamie Lee Roberts, 27. Picture: Facebook

JAMIE LEE ROBERTS, 27

"She is infested with drugs."

Eagleby woman Jamie Roberts sobbed when she was sentenced for 49 offences in Beenleigh Magistrates Court on December 11 last year.

The court heard the offences were committed between October 6, 2019, just five days after she was sentenced to 18 months' probation for further drug offences, and her arrest in September 2020.

The most serious charges, in the opinion of Mr Kilmartin and police prosecutor Zoe Melksham, were being found in possession of 4.1g of ice and, on August 1, leading police on a 25-minute chase at Riverview and elsewhere.

The court heard Roberts was high on ice and amphetamines at the time and travelled at speeds of up to 130km/h in a 60km/h zone.

She smashed through police vehicles when they boxed her in, drove on her rims after a stinger device was deployed successfully, and only stopped when her crippled vehicle could go no further.

Ms Melksham told the court Roberts then refused to get out of the vehicle, making police "pull her out of the vehicle and fighting them every step of the way".

"She is hopelessly infested by drugs," Magistrate Brian Kilmartin told the court.

"She has no comprehension of the problems she's placed herself in."

Mr Kilmartin sentenced her to 18 months' imprisonment with immediate court-ordered parole having served 79 days behind bars.

She was also sentenced to 18 months' probation and fined $500.

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Stephanie Beesley racked up a major 64 charges.
Stephanie Beesley racked up a major 64 charges.

STEPHANIE IRIS BEESLEY, 24

"Stupid, reckless and careless."

Stephanie Iris Beesley appeared red-faced and crying via videolink from Brisbane Women's Correctional Centre to plead guilty to a whopping 64 charges at the Pine Rivers Magistrates Court in February.

The court heard the offending began when Beesley was caught in possession of drugs at Kallangur on November 13, 2019 and escalated over the following months to stealing, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, evading police, fraud and possession of firearms.

Defence lawyer Andrew Ferrett of The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service told the court Beesley had a traumatic childhood growing up in a home where her stepfather manufactured methamphetamines and beat her mother.

Beesley started using cannabis at a young age and methamphetamines from the age of 16.

Despite her hardships, Beesley was able to get herself back on track for five years when she worked as a waitress, barista and ultimately, a supervisor, at The Sebel Brisbane hotel in the CBD.

COVID, however, changed everything.

Along with thousands of other tourism and hospitality workers, Beesley lost her job in the wake of coronavirus restrictions.

It triggered a dramatic, downward spiral of drug addiction and crime Beesley herself described as "stupid, reckless and careless".

Beesley has been in custody since her arrest 64 days ago, but her time behind bars is far from over.

Magistrate Trevor Morgan sentenced Beesley to 50 days imprisonment for each of the two evasion offences, six months imprisonment for the dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and nine months imprisonment for the fraud relating to the motorbike, each to be served concurrently.

For the drug offences and the driving on demerit offences Beesley was fined $2000 and she was disqualified from driving for a total of 39 months or just over three years.

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Greenbank man Mason Tyler Clarke, 25. Picture: Facebook/ Mason Clarke
Greenbank man Mason Tyler Clarke, 25. Picture: Facebook/ Mason Clarke

MASON TYLER CLARKE, 25

"He wouldn't take his medication and would instead fall back into his pattern of addiction."

Greenbank man Mason Clarke pleaded guilty on January 19 in Beenleigh Magistrates Court to 24 offences committed between October 2019, when he was released on 18 months' parole for a series of other offences, and his incarceration on April 16, 2020.

Clarke's most serious offending involved stealing six motorcycles in the Brisbane region and rebranding them for resale to feed his addiction.

In addition to the six counts of stealing of a vehicle, Clarke also pleaded guilty to seven counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, four counts of wilful damage, two counts of entering premises to commit an indictable offence, two counts of possessing dangerous drugs, obstructing police, trespass, and failure to comply with reporting.

Defence lawyer Tamara Lawton told the court Clarke had been in and out of custody since 2015, with his offending typically precipitated by his not taking his ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome medication and instead falling back into his pattern of ice addiction.

Magistrate Gary Finger sentenced Clarke to 15 months' imprisonment and set an immediate parole eligibility.

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Braidon Daniel Halcrow told the court he'd been addicted to meth for years.
Braidon Daniel Halcrow told the court he'd been addicted to meth for years.

BRAIDON DANIEL HALCROW, 25

"As soon as it got him, it gripped him, as meth tends to do,"

Braidon Daniel Halcrow, 25, pleaded guilty to seven charges at the Sandgate Magistrates Court in November, including several counts of possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug utensils and receiving property reasonably suspected to have been stolen.

Lawyer for the defence Rhys Foster from KLM solicitors told the court Halcrow suffered from a "serious drug addiction" which began with cannabis use when he was 18 and became a whole lot worse when friends introduced him to methamphetamines at the age of 22.

"As soon as it got him, it gripped him, as meth tends to do," Mr Foster said.

"He's made genuine attempts at getting clean but (it has) eluded him at this stage."

The court heard Halcrow first came before the courts in 2014 and has repeatedly returned on drug-related charges since, racking up fines, periods of community service and probation, but never a recorded conviction.

On this occasion, a police search at his home in Carseldine at 10am on May 10 revealed a clip seal bag containing 5.96g of cannabis, a clip seal bag containing .45g of MDMA and a third bag containing .34g of methamphetamines, according to police prosecutor Sergeant Troy Newman.

A second police search warrant conducted on June 20 uncovered a pipe used to smoke drugs, digital scales with white crystal residue, straws used on spoons and several clip seal bags.

During the third, and final, search of Halcrow's home on July 1 police officers found a bowl containing 2g of cannabis, eight 5mg diazepam tablets Halcrow had no prescription for and a number of clip seal bags.

Halcrow, who is a fully qualified painter and decorator who graduated from Aspley State High School, was on probation for like-matters during the period of offending.

He was convicted and sentenced to six months in prison, wholly suspended for 18 months.

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Eight Mile Plains woman Chloe Jade Carlile, 23. Picture: Facebook.
Eight Mile Plains woman Chloe Jade Carlile, 23. Picture: Facebook.

CHLOE JADE CARLILE, 23

"She fell in with the wrong people and wants to stay away from Logan."

Eight Mile Plains woman Chloe Carlile was sentenced to six months' imprisonment wholly suspended and placed on 12 months' probation on December 2 last year after pleading guilty to four offences.

They two counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and one count each of possessing drug utensils and failing to properly dispose of a needle and syringe.

The offences spanned a period from November 26, 2019 to October 8 last year, when she was arrested.

The arrest occurred after police tracked a stolen car Carlile was a passenger in to Shailer Park.

Carlile fled from the vehicle and was arrested nearby, the court heard.

Defence solicitor Renee Smith told the court after a clean period last year, Carlile "returned to using drugs as a way of coping with issues".

"She fell in with the wrong people and has told me she wants to stay away from Logan," Ms Smith said.

Carlile spent 55 days in custody.

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Macgregor taxi driver Gurpreet Singh, who has been paroled after 141 days’ pre-sentence custody to live with his nephew at Runcorn. Picture: Supplied
Macgregor taxi driver Gurpreet Singh, who has been paroled after 141 days’ pre-sentence custody to live with his nephew at Runcorn. Picture: Supplied

GURPREET SINGH, 40

Macgregor man Gurpreet Singh, a former taxi driver for 13CABS, was jailed for 18 months on Tuesday for 30 meth-fuelled offences, including serious assault of a police officer and attempting to run down a man.

The offences occurred between April 4 - August 27, 2020, when he was arrested.

His offences included possessing ice, multiple counts of possessing drug utensils, two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, serious assault of a police officer, shoplifting, stealing from the person, public nuisance, possessing a knife in a public place, entering a premises to commit an indictable offence, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, and multiple breach of bail conditions.

Most of his offences occurred in the Logan region.

Aside from punching the female officer in the face at Woodridge and attempting to run the man down at Meadowbrook, Singh's other notable offending occurred on May 27, 2020, when, despite having his licence terminated, he entered the 13CABS depot at Blackwood Rd, Logan Central and helped himself to a taxi.

For several days afterwards, he continued driving around collecting fares as though nothing had happened.

Singh was granted immediate parole having served 141 days on remand.

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Originally published as 'Infested': 22 southeast Qld ice addicts and their trails of destruction



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