Judge’s frustration at ‘evil’ ice’s impact on our community
ONE of the state's top legal minds is frustrated about drug traffickers who continue flouting the law despite tougher penalties that have been in operation for almost three years.
Brisbane Supreme Court Justice Martin Daubney revealed his outrage after two young ice sellers pleaded guilty before him on Friday.
Speaking to the court during the sentencing of Ipswich man Samuel Donovan Taylor, Justice Daubney described ice as an "evil" substance with a "devastating impact".
Justice Daubney said it was frustrating that dealers seemed to not care that they faced serious jail time.
"When are people going to start getting that (there are tougher penalties) through their heads?" Justice Daubney said.
"I'm expressing a degree of frustration."
In sentencing 22-year-old Taylor on six traffic and possession charges, Justice Daubney again re-iterated how methamphetamine was hurting the community.
"You're a good example of the absolutely devastating impact that ice is having on young people in our community," he said as he told Taylor - a first-time trafficker - he would suspend his two-year jail term for three years.
"I cannot begin to describe the widespread evil being caused by ice."
Stronger penalties were added to the Queensland's Drugs Misuse Act in 2013 by the Newman government.
Under the changes, anyone convicted of drug trafficking must serve at least 80% of their sentence behind bars.
Their sentence may be suspended at the discretion of the court.
If they breach the suspension they risk going to jail.
Federal Government figures show 7% of Australians aged 14 years and over have used ice.
Brisbane Supreme Court sentences dealers from across regional Queensland. - APN NEWSDESK