Drugs, guns put man behind bars
DRUGS and homemade handguns are never a good mix, as a Nanango man has learned the hard way.
He will spend at least the next four months behind bars.
William Dennis Clark, 30, was found in possession of five homemade handguns, various amounts of cannabis and methamphetamine, two water pipes, hypodermic needles and ammunition in March.
To make matters worse for himself, weeks later he was also involved in a large traffic disturbance in the middle of Nanango.
He was the driver of a black Holden that stopped traffic before spinning sideways into a car and speeding away, Sergeant Wayne Bushell told the Kingaroy Magistrates Court on Thursday.
Clark fronted court to face 25 separate charges to which he pleaded guilty.
At an emotional hearing, Brisbane defence lawyer Adam Magill said Clark only offended when something tragic happened in his life.
In 2004 to 2005 Mr Magill said Clark lost his brother in a car accident, which triggered his downward spiral on drugs.
Mr Magill told the court in 2010 Clark suffered a horrific work accident which resulted in him having titanium plates inserted in his femur that ended up snapping.
This put Clark in a wheelchair.
"He simply spiralled out of control," Mr Magill said.
Sgt Bushell told the court police were particularly concerned about the handguns and sought a period of imprisonment for Clark because he was already serving a drug-related suspended sentence.
Mr Magill told Magistrate Mark Bucknall Clark had another side to that presented in court.
However Magistrate Bucknall did not consider Clark's actions to be that of what a normal person would do.
"A normal person would realise 'next time round I'm probably going to jail'," he said.
Mr Magill told the Magistrate the defendant's wife and three dependant children would suffer greatly if he was put behind bars.
"It will be counter-productive and doesn't address the core issues of drug dependence," he said.
Magistrate Bucknall sentenced Clark to 10 months' imprisonment with an October 25, 2012, parole date.
He was disqualified for driving for nine months and convictions were recorded on all charges.
Clark's wife sobbed as her husband's sentence was read before she faced the court on her own charges.