Murgon Court: Magistrates Court District Court September 22.
Murgon Court: Magistrates Court District Court September 22. Michael Nolan

No jail after 'silly' act

A KINGAROY man was left empty handed and salty when he purchased some ice for a friend that turned out to be rock salt.

Benjamin Wayne Klease has escaped serving time in jail after committing a string of offences while on a suspended jail sentence.

Klease, 23, pleaded guilty in Murgon Magistrates Court on Tuesday to the six charges ranging from supply of dangerous drugs to stealing.

On Australia Day this year, Klease went to the house he used to live in to pick up some of his things when he stole some tobacco and a machete.

Police searched his home on February 19 and found a utensil used to smoke a dangerous drug and a bag of what Klease thought was crystal meth he had bought for a friend, but it turned out to be rock salt.

He also breached a bail condition on January 30 by failing to report to police.

He was also charged with obstructing police in January after he ran from police officers in Kingaroy.

Klease has been on a suspended jail sentence since September last year.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Wayne Bushell said Klease had paid for the bag of crystals and after tasting it, found out it was rock salt.

"The initial testing of substance, there was no drug detected, however it is a supply charge,” Sgt Bushell said.

"It was really a little silly on his behalf.”

Sgt Bushell said considering Klease was on a suspended sentence while he committed the offences, he should go to jail.

Defence Lawyer Chris Campbell said Klease was getting drug counselling for his ice use.

Mr Campbell said all of his client's offending was low level and he should be on probation order.

Magistrate Andrew Hackett said Klease would be best served by probation so he could continue his drug counselling.

Mr Hackett handed down two years' probation and extended his suspended sentence by four months.

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