Ecstasy, ice abuser punched guard outside court
A MACKAY drug abuser, high on ice, punched a guard while trying to get into the Supreme Court building in Brisbane's CBD before "taunting" a Channel Ten news crew.
Crown prosecutor Susan Hedge told the District Court in Mackay Michael James Hansen, 29, had been behaving erratically outside the Supreme Court building at 6.15am on March 20 last year during the incidents.
Affected by speed and ice, Hansen caused wilful damage to a cafe when he ripped a handle off a door, and cracked a glass window of the State Law building, when he threw a wheelie bin.
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Ms Hedge said he received a suspended three-month jail sentence but just weeks later, on April 17, Hansen had reoffended in Mackay. Police seized drugs including methylamphetamine, 17 ecstasy tablets, and cash found secreted in a false battery in a bag that was in Hansen's car.
She said officers searched the car after spotting a baseball bat. Also found was "a tick sheet" with names and money amounts totalling more than $3000, which the Crown alleged was a list of people owing him drug money.
"At the time he (Hansen) denied selling it. He denied the tick sheet was what it obviously was," she said.
Judge Richard Jones noted Hansen had suggested it was "just the ramblings of a drug-induced haze".
Yesterday, Hansen pleaded guilty to possession of methylamphetamine at Mackay Harbour, possession of $2750 cash, suspected proceeds from an offence, possession of a thing (glass pipe) used to smoke a dangerous drug, and possession of scales used in an offence.
Defence barrister Bronwyn Hartigan argued that Hansen was a drug-addicted man and although he had insight into his drug abuse, rehabilitation and change was not so easy.
Judge Jones said drug use was "a scourge impacting on too many lives".
Hansen will serve four months jail before being eligible for parole on July 30.