Drug sale gone wrong leads to dealer’s death

A DRUG deal gone wrong had led to the death of one Toowoomba man and the jailing of another.

A week before his 20th birthday, Tristan Jayde Hounslow appeared before the Toowoomba Supreme Court yesterday to plead guilty to the manslaughter of Joel Walters, 31.

Crown prosecutor Judy Geary explained Walters had been driven to a Link St, North Toowoomba, home by his partner about 8.30pm, January 27, 2013, to sell amphetamines.

Sitting in the car with his partner and her children, Walters texted someone inside the house and a woman accompanied by Hounslow appeared and approached the car.

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After some discussion, the woman had gone inside to get money while Hounslow waited at the car.

After a few minutes, Walters demanded the bag of drugs back from Hounslow and an altercation ensued with Hounslow punching Walters a number of times through the car window.

Telling Hounslow he "hit like a woman", Walters brought his knees up to his chest in a defensive move and Hounslow then stabbed him below the left knee.

Ms Geary said the knife plunged eight to 12cm into Walters' leg, severing two arteries and causing significant blood loss.

Walters was driven to Toowoomba Hospital where he died four days later.

Hounslow's barrister Robbie Davies said his client had endured a dysfunctional upbringing with no parenting, educated to just Year 8, and exposed to the violence by one of his mother's partners.

At 10, Hounslow was using marijuana and, by 14, amphetamines, he said.

"His start to life was one of the worst a child could have," Mr Davies said

However, his client had a girlfriend and a toddler child and was not beyond rehabilitation, he said.

Justice David Jackson sentenced Hounslow to eight years jail, but declared 510 days pre-sentence custody as time served.

Hounslow will be eligible to apply for release on parole at the half-way mark.


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