Immediate parole for man caught with cannabis in toilet
WHEN police raided an Ipswich man's house in January last year, they found meth with 75% purity, cannabis in a toilet, an unnamed drug and a mobile phone revealing about a week of drug deals.
Bradley Errol Hungerford, 41, who was accused of a string of drug-related charges, was released on parole on Tuesday after a judge found he had served enough time behind bars.
Brisbane Supreme Court heard Hungerford had been in jail for a year and three months and so he was sentenced to three years jail with immediate parole.
Prosecutor Matt Hynes told the court police searched Hungerford's partner's house in January last year and found 5.2g of meth that was 75% pure.
He also said police found a gram of cannabis in the toilet that someone tried to flush, four tablets containing a drug that has a similar effect to MDMA, $2950 cash and other items.
Mr Hynes said a mobile phone also revealed Hungerford had made 11 offers to supply drugs over six days, including three supplies of methamphetamine, four of cannabis and four of a drug "the Crown cannot particularise".
Hungerford was committed to stand trial last year for these offences that included a more serious charge of trafficking drugs. But this was dropped and the accused pleaded guilty to charges including supplying and possessing illegal drugs.
Defence lawyer Mal Harrison asked for Hungerford to be sentenced to jail for three years to be immediately released on parole.
"The effect of releasing him on parole would be to place him at the mercy of parole authorities rather than the mercy of the court should he get a suspended sentence," he said.
"The effect is he would be subject to a regime where he is required to report ... and most importantly he would be subject to drug testing."
The court heard Hungerford had already spent one year and three months behind bars.
The court also heard that when Hungerford was charged with these drugs offences, he had been on bail for other crimes, including possessing a pipe gun and possessing drugs.
In handing down his sentence, Judge John Bond noted Hungerford's "significant" criminal history but said he had not been charged with supplying drugs before.
Justice Bond said sentenced Hungerford to three years jail with immediate parole.