Fined over chem­i­cals

Man, 36, de­nies knowl­edge of hav­ing hy­drochlo­ric acid at his home

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS - An­nie Perets an­nie.perets@ fraser­coastchron­i­cle.com.au

HE HAS an ex­ten­sive crim­i­nal his­tory but Shaun Glenn Brett says his last crime was not what it looked like.

When po­lice searched his Mary­bor­ough home last year they found 35 items be­lieved to be used to pro­duce a dan­ger­ous drug.

Brett pleaded guilty in Mary­bor­ough Mag­is­trates Court last week to two charges.

Among the seized items were chem­i­cals, in­clud­ing hy­drochlo­ric acid.

Rep­re­sent­ing him­self in front of Mag­is­trate Ross Wood­ford, he told the court the items were not his and were left at the ad­dress by other peo­ple.

Brett, who has re­cently suf­fered third-de­gree burns on his face by a means that was not dis­cussed in court, has a crim­i­nal his­tory that spans eight pages.

That in­cludes pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for pro­duc­ing dan­ger­ous drugs.

He told the Chron­i­cle out­side court he thought the items, which led to his ar­rest, be­longed to tradesmen.

“I think they were pain­ters’ chem­i­cals be­cause they were in a pain­ter’s bucket,” Brett said.

Brett said he was de­ter­mined to leave his crim­i­nal past be­hind and now reg­u­larly vol­un­teers to “re­pay to the com­mu­nity” and “re­deem” him­self.

He was fined $600.

I think they were pain­ters’ chem­i­cals be­cause they were in a pain­ter’s bucket.

— Shaun Brett

PHOTO: AN­NIE PERETS

Shaun Glenn Brett, 36, out­side Mary­bor­ough Mag­is­trates Court.

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