Murderer on parole caught for drug driving in Dalby
ON PAROLE after serving a life sentence for murder, Bruce Ernest Hooper injected two points of meth into his body before getting behind the wheel, and driving through Dalby.
Police prosecutor senior constable Jodie Tahana told the Dalby Magistrates Court that on May 1, Hooper, who appeared via video link form custody, was intercepted on Archibald St by police conducting mobile patrols.
Hooper told police he had injected two points of ice less than 24 hours before he got behind the wheel.
A drug test later revealed a positive reading for methylamphetamine and marijuana.
Hooper was given a life sentence for murder in 1992, and was released on parole after 18 years.
Defense lawyer Amanda Hohn told the court Hooper had been visiting family in Dalby at the time of the offence, and he understood there was no excuse for him to drive with drugs in his system.
Ms Hohn said Hooper intended on becoming a fully functioning member of the community, and had recently been holding Indigenous art exhibitions.
He had also been teaching young students, and Chinese and Japanese students about Indigenous art.
Ms Hohn said Hooper had been in custody since May 6 as a result of committing this offence while on parole.
Magistrates Tracy Mossop noted that his last offence since his release from prison was in 2004, and he had been able to “contribute to society” since his release.
Hooper pleaded guilty to driving with a relevant drug in his system.
He was disqualified from driving from one month, and had no conviction recorded.