Meth dealer was 'screaming out for help'
A METH dealer who repeatedly handed himself into police for various crimes was "screaming out for help" a court has heard.
Nathan Lucas Suleman, 23, was sentenced in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Thursday on charges including drug trafficking, possessing a large quantity of meth, stealing cars, fleeing police and burglary.
Between February 2010 and October 2013 Suleman was buying and selling meth on a regular basis. After police raided the house of a friend of Suleman's and found a large quantity of drugs inside, Suleman handed himself in at Caloundra police station.
He told the police he had sold up to $100,000 of meth and handed himself in because he felt guilty - and did not want his friend getting blamed.
The court heard on Thursday Suleman had handed himself in on three other occasions for crimes including smashing a car windscreen. He made full admissions to other offences including being a passenger in a stolen BMW that stole fuel across the Sunshine Coast.
Defence barrister Catherine Cuthbert said his actions were a cry for help from a man struggling with drugs after his brother died in 2010.
"Here was a young man screaming out for help," she said.
Crown prosecutor Josh Hanna said between 2010 and 2014, even after he handed himself in for trafficking, Suleman had lived a "lawless lifestyle".
That lifestyle included breaking into a house and stealing three cars - a BMW, a Toyota Yaris and Toyota HiLux. Later on the day they were reported stolen Suleman was seen driving the Yaris at speed on the Bruce Hwy.
The court heard when police tried to pull him over he fled, hitting speeds up to 180kmh, running stop signs and swerving between lanes.
Justice Ann Lyons said, while Suleman had engaged in serious criminal activity, the fact he had turned himself into police and admitted to crimes they did not know about meant he deserved a lower sentence.
Suleman was sentenced to seven years jail and will be eligible to apply for parole in one year with the 381 days he has already spent in custody declared time served.
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