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Judge sends drug addict to jail - with immediate parole

DRUG addicts are selfish.

This was the harsh and sobering truth Judge Paul Smith placed before the Rockhampton District Court on Wednesday as he sentenced yet another methamphetamine user to jail.

"It ruins other people's lives as well as your own," he said.

Thomas David Lapicz, 29, pleaded guilty to one count of producing a dangerous drug.

Crown prosecutor Susan Hedge told the court police executed a search warrant at an Emerald house where the defendant was staying on December 12, 2012.

In his bedroom officers found syringes, a container of white powder, ammunition and chemicals and equipment related to the production of meth.

Ms Hedge said he made full admissions to police.

The drug was meant for his own personal use.

She said he had a number of drug-related offences on his criminal history.

Judge Smith said Lapicz had been given a number of chances to rehabilitate himself in the past, but he had continuously breached court orders.

Defence barrister Jeff Clarke said this was because of a "constant battle" with his drug addiction.

He said his client started using cannabis at 10 and speed at 16.

"He has had no direction in his life," he said.

Lapicz's father and partner supported him in court.

Mr Clarke said he was on the path to rehabilitation, he had just relapsed.

Judge Smith sentenced Lapicz to 12 months jail with immediate parole.

Topics:  rockhampton district court



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