The Courier-Mail

Gun-siege man was off Richter scale on drug: mum

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THE mother of a Mount Isa gun-siege “ice” addict has told of the torment of a “life or death” decision to send her son to prison.

“It was the body bag or behind bars,” Megan (pictured), 42, told The Courier-Mail.

The mother-of-two, in an exclusive interview, has broken her silence on the armed stand-off between police and her ice-addicted son, who told officers “your badge does not make you bulletproo­f”.

A SERT squad stormed the Short St home to end the siege as her son, a 22-yearold convicted speed dealer, hanged himself from a garden pagoda on January 12.

“He threatened to kill us all. He had a .308 rifle he’d been given by his drug dealer,” she said, adding that her son was “completely off the Richter scale” displaying signs of extreme aggression in a drug-induced psychosis. Even though he was still hanging, police tasered him and he was chewed by a police dog just to make sure.

“He’s my son. I just wanted to protect him. It was life or death.”

Her son is now drug-free, serving a mandatory ninemonth jail term. Megan said she supported Senator Jacqui Lambie in advocating for mandatory rehabilita­tion centres “rather than detention among sex offenders and hard-core criminals”.

“It’s a dirty filthy drug. It does not discrimina­te – there are lots of well-paid FIFOs and mining workers who are on it because it only stays in the system for 24 hours. Ice is everywhere here, the town is flooded with it.”

Latest figures show a rate of less than one a week overdoses by ice users presenting to emergency at Mount

Isa hospital.

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