BEHIND BARS: A man is facing another lengthy stint away from his family after breaching his parole.
BEHIND BARS: A man is facing another lengthy stint away from his family after breaching his parole. David Nielsen

Offender won't see his newborn until Christmas Day

A FATHER of four is unlikely to meet his youngest child until he is released from prison on Christmas Day.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard yesterday Michael Alexander Turnbull breached his parole when he ran from police in March, forcing a police dog to be sent to find him.

The 30-year-old's defence lawyer told the court her client fled from police because he wanted to spend time with his family instead of in prison and his youngest of four children was born after he was taken into custody.

Turnbull is yet to have contact with the child.

Police prosecutor Senior Sergeant Rebecca McDonald told the court Turnbull was released from prison in February 2015 before committing further offences in August the same year.

"He has a propensity to commit offences and it did not take long to return to his old ways," Snr Sgt McDonald said.

"He has an atrocious criminal history and his traffic history is no better.

"He has simply ignored the benefits the courts have given him in the past."

Turnbull pleaded guilty via videolink to multiple charges including possessing drugs and explosives, trespass and obstructing police as well as traffic charge - offences committed while on parole.

Magistrate Peter Hasted said Turnbull's "very sad descent into drugs" was chronicled to the court but despite his "prolific" offending, Turnbull was able to maintain a job.

"You have not had the benefit of grief or drug counselling in custody and you were away from your family to celebrate milestones and unable to be a role model to your children," Ms Hasted said.

Turnbull was sentenced to a head sentenced of six months imprisonment with parole eligibility on October 23 and disqualified from holding or obtaining a drivers licence for two years.


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