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The day I let an ice addict into my home

MY DEALINGS WITH AN ICE ADDICT: Koongal resident Trent Hill speaks out about the drug ice after his horrifying encounter with a stranger who came to use his phone.
MY DEALINGS WITH AN ICE ADDICT: Koongal resident Trent Hill speaks out about the drug ice after his horrifying encounter with a stranger who came to use his phone. Austin King Rokakicestory

KOONGAL'S Trent Hill knows just how it feels to be on the receiving end of someone wired on methamphetamine.

Yesterday the 76-year-old took the Morning Bulletin back two years; to a day when a young woman, who looked like she was 25 years old, came knocking on his door.

"She was a pretty young woman," Trent said as he described her features.

When he answered the door, the woman asked him if he had seen her friend in the neighbourhood.

She then asked Trent if she could use his telephone to make a call, which he kindly allowed the woman to do.

After dialling about three different numbers, Trent said to the woman, "it doesn't seem like you can find your friend, you better go now".

He approached the woman, to hang up the phone, when she punched his nose causing a break.

Blood started trickling down the front of Trent's face.

He pushed her out the door and didn't see her again.

It wasn't until some time later he discovered the woman was high on ice.

He said he wrote a letter to the editorial bosses of a Brisbane publication, about his ordeal and his views on ice and the effects of the harmful drug, but they refused to publish it.

In his impassioned discussion with the Morning Bulletin yesterday, he said he understood the compromising situation police officers often put themselves in when carrying out their duties.

"It's a curse of insanity... it always seemed to me that the police have a hell of a job dealing with these people, even people who work at hospitals put themselves on the line," he said.

"Police officers don't know if they're going to be shot or stabbed when they go to their next job.

"I know a few young people who are sadly losing their teeth, and their skin is all blotchy... I absolutely hate it."

Trent also called for tougher penalties on ice related offences.

Topics:  drugs, editors picks, ice, police, rockhampton



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