THE tale of a motherless Sunshine Coast methamphetamine dealer raised by his drug-using father played out in a Brisbane court on Tuesday.
Supreme Court Justice Debra Mullins heard how Julian Oliver Overell's mother died when he was young and he was raised by his father who used cannabis daily.
She also heard how Overell started using marijuana at 17, was addicted to ice and speed by the age of 26, and how his only brother Benjamin was jailed after police found drugs in the home they shared with their father late last year.
The 37-year-old Julian Overell's background came to light shortly after he pleaded guilty to 15 charges relating to trafficking and supplying dangerous drugs between October 2012 and September 2014.
He must serve 18 months of a five-year jail term for selling speed to at least 25 Sunshine Coast region residents during the two years.
In sentencing Julian Overell, Justice Mullins took into account his clean urine samples, his completion of the Queensland Magistrates Early Referral into Treatment program, his volunteer work with the Salvation Army and his co-operation with police.
"Your childhood was affected by the death of your mother when you were eight years old," Justice Mullins told the defendant.
"You and your elder brother were brought up by your father.
"It seems that your father was a long-term user of cannabis and as a result drug use in the house was not unusual.
"You started using cannabis from the age of 17 and you progressed to using MDMA and methamphetamine.
"You describe yourself as having been addicted to speed and ice from the age of 26 years until 36 years (of age)."
Justice Mullins said Overell's previous criminal history revolved around traffic offences and that he had proved he was on the right path by throwing himself into rehabilitation.
"You have continued in rehab since (your arrest). That is shown by the clear urine tests and the references from those who have had contact with you during that period," she said.
"You have proved to those who have been responsible for your supervision that you have really grasped the opportunity to undertake rehab.
"That has made a significant difference to how I'm going to sentence you today."
- APN NEWSDESK
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