Cou­ple in­ject ice in back shed while kids left to own de­vices

Daily Mercury - - COURT NEWS - LUKE MORTIMER luke.mortimer@dai­ly­mer­cury.com.au

A MUM and dad from Mi­rani who shot up the drug ice in their shed while their three young chil­dren were left un­su­per­vised will be re­ferred to the Depart­ment of Child Safety by a con­cerned mag­is­trate.

The wor­ry­ing be­hav­iour was aired in Mackay Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day.

A man in his 20s, who can’t be named for le­gal rea­sons, pleaded guilty to breach­ing a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or­der on April 1. Prose­cu­tor Nathaniel Gillis told Mag­is­trate Damien Dwyer the man and his now ex-part­ner had been cel­e­brat­ing the woman’s birth­day.

A vi­o­lent al­ter­ca­tion later broke out and the woman at­tempted to self-harm, lead­ing the man to phone 000.

“The de­fen­dant told po­lice that he and his wife had both in­jected ice the day pre­vi­ously ... ,” Mr Gillis said.

“And ear­lier on the day of the in­ci­dent they had both tried to get some sleep. The de­fen­dant stated when his wife awoke she was in a bad mood and that es­ca­lated into a ver­bal ar­gu­ment.”

The man ven­tured off to the shed to drink beer and his wife later brought him din­ner, spark­ing an­other ar­gu­ment.

Be­com­ing an­gry, the man smashed the plate and held “his wife down on the bon­net of a car by her throat”, us­ing “a fair amount of pres­sure”.

Mr Gillis said “three chil­dren were present in the house when the in­ci­dent took place”.

Halt­ing the prose­cu­tor, Mr Dwyer clar­i­fied what he had been told.

“Are you telling me, Mr Gillis, that three chil­dren were in the house while they were in­ject­ing ice?” he asked.

Mr Gillis con­firmed that, and added the man, who had prior or­der breaches on his record, claimed he had been re­strain­ing his wife and “took it too far”.

The chil­dren were all aged un­der 10 at the time.

An­other prose­cu­tor, Sergeant Sabine Scott, added “there has been a re­view of the child harm”.

Mr Dwyer ex­claimed he would “re­fer it to the Depart­ment of Child Safety” and they could “take what­ever ac­tion they choose”.

De­fence so­lic­i­tor Ge­off Govey said metham­phetamines (ice) had not been in­jected in front of the chil­dren.

He noted the depart­ment had al­ready be­come in­volved and the man had since passed drug tests.

Mr Dwyer ap­peared unim­pressed, point­ing out the chil­dren must have been left alone while the par­ents were us­ing the highly ad­dic­tive stim­u­lant. The mag­is­trate said he would still be rais­ing the is­sue with the depart­ment.

Con­tin­u­ing, Mr Govey said his client in­structed he “doesn’t use ice reg­u­larly”, and that he had also been a vic­tim of his wife’s “hit­ting and kick­ing”.

Hand­ing down the man’s sen­tence, Mr Dwyer warned him he was “one step away from prison”. The man was placed on pro­ba­tion for 15 months and or­dered to com­plete 120 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice.

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