Meth rampage shows tragic consequences of drug use

A SOUTH Burnett man who went on a meth-fuelled rampage has had his matter sent to a higher court for sentencing after a magistrate deemed the offences to be that serious he required a long stint behind bars.

Queensland magistrates are limited to imposing jail sentences of up to three years.

The man, 32, pleaded guilty in October in the Kingaroy Magistrates Court to 11 offences stemming from a series of incidents on September 13.

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Magistrate Simon Young said the man's offences were committed against his family and highlighted the tragic consequences of his drug use.

"Actual violence (punching and kicking) and threats of violence (involving a knife and a hammer) were perpetrated against his de-facto partner who had recently given birth," he said.

"He also committed acts of violence towards his long time female friend together with assaults upon two of his young teenage children which involved pinning them and holding a knife to their throats with threats to cut."

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Mr Young, in referring the matter to the district court for sentencing, said it was his opinion the man should receive a jail sentence of not less than four years.

"I have formed the view that the man's offences, possibly unfortunately for him, will allow a higher court the opportunity to consider making a guideline judgment regarding how strongly this type of offending is to be condemned."

- APN NEWSDESK



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