From the theft of a charity tin to drug trafficking

A NOOSAVILLE man who once stole a charity tin has been jailed for a string of drug trafficking offences.

Sundara Gopal Brungardt, 35, pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Thursday to trafficking, supplying and possessing methamphetamines on the Sunshine Coast between February, 2011, and August, 2011.

Crown Prosecutor Patrina Colhessy told the court Brungardt had 23 separate appearances before courts across the south-east including drugs, property and fraud offences.

She said he had an extensive drug history dating back to 1997.

"There has been a significant delay in these proceedings because he failed to appear for the initial hearing," she said.

"Subsequently a warrant was issued for his arrest and he was detained several months later.

"The trafficking charges stem from his admissions to police at the time of his arrest.

"He gave a fairly frank interview with police."

Ms Colhessy said Brungardt had been a long-time drug user and addict.

"He told police he would purchase the drug, keep the majority for himself and sell the rest to cover the cost of his own usage," she said.

"He said he was selling methamphetamines every second day in relatively small amounts."

Defence barrister Simon Lewis said his client had realised after spending a year in custody drugs were ruining his life.

"He is now at an age where if he does not stop using drugs then the rest of his life looks rather bleak," he said.

Before being sentenced Brungardt asked if he could address the court.

"I realise my life has been a drug addicted and fuelled one and that is something I desperately want to fix . . . I am sorry for that," he said.

Justice David Boddice agreed with the statement.

"If you do not change your life and ways then unfortunately it will consist of looking at four walls in a cell," he said.

Justice Boddice sentenced him to three years jail, with fixed parole release on September 3 this year.



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