Change of scenery needed for city drug addict, court told
"YOUTHFUL misadventure" is not an excuse the courts will buy, a man caught with drugs and previously convicted of driving at 110kmh in a 60kmh zone has been told.
Cailen John Wilton, now 28, had been committing driving and drug offences prolifically since May last year, Brisbane Supreme Court heard on Friday.
But Wilton now planned on moving from Ipswich to Tara in the Western Downs for a change of scenery and a break from drug abuse.
On Friday, Wilton was sentenced on six charges, including drug possession, and the court was told of his criminal history.
He was once caught after doing 110kmh in a 60kmh zone in Ipswich around 4am, driving on the wrong side of the road and going through a red light.
He was on a suspended sentence when the recent drug offences were committed.
On October 12 he was found with 5.58g of marijuana and about 1.4g of a substance including methylamphetamine - known as ice.
By the time it came to his sentencing this week, Wilton had already spent 282 days in custody, Justice David Boddice said.
Wilton had behavioural and learning problems when he was younger, the judge said, but could not claim his latest offending was the result of "youthful misadventure."
Justice Boddice said Wilton's guilty pleas were "accompanied by a level of remorse".
But the judge was disappointed the 28-year-old had offended while on probation.
Wilton was sentenced to two years, six months jail.
But the 282 days spent locked up counted as time served, so Justice Boddice said Wilton was eligible for parole at once.
He was told to report to the Brisbane parole office within 96 hours.