Law catches up with man who stole to feed habit

OUT OF CONTROL: Clayton Miller has been jailed for a spate of alcohol-related offences.
OUT OF CONTROL: Clayton Miller has been jailed for a spate of alcohol-related offences.

AN IPSWICH man with severe alcohol dependency is behind bars following a crime binge that lasted several months.

Clayton Noel Miller faced Ipswich Magistrates Court this week on 24 charges - all of which related to his long-standing problems with booze - varying from theft of bottles of liquor, to public nuisance, possessing a knife in public and assaulting a teenage girl on a train.

The offences were committed across Ipswich and Brisbane from December last year to April this year.


Defence lawyer William Sit said Miller was unable to remember most of what he'd done, but said his client didn't seek to make excuses and was prepared to turn his life around.

"He falls within the extreme category of alcohol dependency," Mr Sit said.

"He is ashamed to be here but he's hopeful of one day getting over his problems."

The court heard Miller, 34, had an eight-page criminal history, with most of his problems coming after he lost his job as a crane operator in 2012.

The 24 offences that Miller pleaded guilty to on Monday were in breach of a suspended sentence.

Magistrate Andy Cridland said he was particularly concerned about the assault on the young woman on a train.

"The general public - and particularly young girls - should be able to use public transport without their enjoyment being affected," he said.

"This young woman finished up screaming and weeping in fear of you."

Miller was sentenced to 18 months jail, with a parole release date set at November 18.

Topics:  assault ipswich magistrates court public nuisance theft

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