Judge sends ice junkie to cooler
A MAN who went on a ice-fuelled crime spree and reigned terror on small businesses has been jailed for seven years.
Machetes, knives and a tomahawk were the man's weapons of choice during a seven month crime spree which a judge described as complete and utter lawlessness.
Jarrad Alexander Stanton Deane even robbed his parent's Karalee home and fleeced more than $41,000 worth of jewellery, electronic goods, watches and booze to fund his addiction.
Deane, 29, pleaded guilty on Friday in Ipswich District Court to 42 charges including three counts of armed robbery, two attempted armed robbery, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and burglary.
The litany of offences were committed between March and September, 2014 at Booval, North Booval, Karalee, Yamanto, Tivoli, Brassall, Virginia and Ningi.
Crown prosecutor Shontelle Petrie told the court Deane was on bail at the time of committing the majority of his offences.
She said he even committed an armed robbery and attempted armed robbery the day he was meant to be at court.
"The Karalee offence is particularly sad . . . he broke into his parent's home and stole more than $40,000 worth of goods," she said.
"His offending escalated dramatically from that point.
"He robbed the Pizza Hut at Yamanto on August 23 armed with a machete where he demanded money from the shop assistant.
"He concealed his identity with a balaclava and fled the store with about $250."
Ms Petrie said the second armed robbery occurred on September 6 at Tivoli where he armed himself with a knife and stole about $1000 from a business.
She said the attempted armed robbery occurred on September 8 when Deane armed himself with a tomahawk and held up a convenience store but got away empty handed.
Later that day he also tried to rob a Domino's Pizza outlet but was unsuccessful after staff at the store refused to heed to his demands.
"While committing the major crimes he was also committing other criminal offences such as stealing," she said.
"He stole cars, number plates, fuel, motor oil, iced coffee, cigarettes, alcohol, food and groceries from various business across the region.
"Dean's offending was reckless and brazen with absolutely no thought or regard to the consequences."
Defence barrister James Benjamin said it was no surprise whatsoever Deane's crime spree was due to drug use.
He said Deane started using 'ice' in early 2014 and it very quickly spun out of control with devastating affects.
"It is not an excuse but it gives some background to his offending," he said.
"He has devoted a lot of time while in custody rehabilitating himself.
"He knows he has just started down a long road to rehabilitation and he knows the road will be extremely challenging."
Judge Alexander Horneman-Wren sentenced Deane to seven years behind bars and said he acted in a total disregard for the law.
He ordered Deane be eligible for parole on November 14, 2016 after taking into account the 621 days he had already served in pre-sentence custody.
Deane's mother and father were in court supporting their son.