CAUGHT: A text message gave away that a Southern Downs man had been supplying drugs.
CAUGHT: A text message gave away that a Southern Downs man had been supplying drugs. Pexels

No time inside jail for Southern Downs man who supplied ice

A KILLARNEY man had been clean from ice for three months when police raided his home, but a text message found on Mark Haydn Giffin's still landed him in court.

When executing a search warrant in December 2016, police found a powdery substance on a set of scales and a text message, which revealed Giffin had agreed to sell 0.1g of ice for $50 to his family friend a couple of months prior.

Fronting Warwick District Court yesterday, Giffin pleaded guilty to one count each of supplying a dangerous drug and possessing an item used in connection with supplying a dangerous drug.

Crown prosecutor Julie Aylward said Giffin had a history of ice use, after being charged with failing to properly dispose of a needle in 2005.

At that time, Giffin told police he was using ice four or five times a day, she said.

"It would seem from those convictions there has been a long-standing methylamphetamine addiction,” Ms Aylward said.

But defence lawyer Levis Menolotto said Giffin stopped taking ice for 10 years after the prior convictions but then started taking the drug again when his wife fell ill.

The court heard the 57-year-old was then caught drug driving in September 2016, which prompted him to cease taking the drug again.

"That came as quite a shock to him, being pulled over at that time,” Mr Menolotto said.

Mr Menolotto said Giffin made full and frank admissions to police, including admitting he and his family friend often used ice together.

Under other circumstances, Mr Menolotto said parole would be appropriate but due to Giffin being the primary carer for his wife meant the man was "pretty much house- bound”.

Judge David Andrews took this into account, and instead sentenced Giffin to jail for nine months and suspended the sentence for eighteen months.



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