CAUGHT OUT: A Warwick man was sprung with a bag of what he believed to be meth crystals in a fast food restaurant. Picture: contributed
CAUGHT OUT: A Warwick man was sprung with a bag of what he believed to be meth crystals in a fast food restaurant. Picture: contributed

Shock twist when father drops ‘meth’ in Warwick Red Rooster

A FATHER of two who was sprung with fake meth and in the ladies' toilets of a Warwick Red Rooster has pleaded guilty in the Warwick Magistrates Court.

In September 2019, Michael James Bailey was at the fast-food restaurant when he dropped a small bag of what appeared to be methylamphetamines on his way to the bathroom.

However, it wasn't until the crystals were later tested by police that the 41-year-old realised he'd been scammed into buying phony drugs.

The court heard that when police officers were called to the scene at Red Rooster, they found Bailey in a drunken state in the ladies' bathroom.

The man again caught the attention of police in February when he was found "highly intoxicated" on a loading dock at Rose City Shoppingworld.

The court was told police officers found a used syringe and a large knife in his bumbag during the incident.

Police prosecutor Ken Wiggan said Bailey was directed by officers to go to the Warwick police station later that day to give further evidence, but he "forgot" about the appointment in his befuddled state.

Defence lawyer Clare Hine said the unemployed father of two had been "in heroin's clutches" since he was 18, and this latest series of offending was a "by-product" of the longstanding substance abuse.

Magistrate Julian Noud acknowledged that these crimes were less serious than others in Bailey's significant, mostly drug-related criminal history.

However, he still urged the 41-year-old to seek assistance for his "savage addiction to drugs".

"It saddens me to see a man who's about my age to have the addiction that you do to drugs, because it will shorten your life," Mr Noud said.

Bailey pleaded guilty to one count of failing to properly dispose of a syringe, one count of possessing a knife in public, one count of contravening of a police direction, and one count of public nuisance.

He was fined $350 and his convictions were recorded



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