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Drug addict 'doing his best to get into jail'

RELEASED from prison with nowhere to go and nothing to his name, a 40-year-old Gladstone drug addict was forced to beg his estranged parents for help.

They agreed on three conditions - no drugs, no mobile phone and attend family dinner every night.

Brett Robert Alexander and his ex-partner Stephanie Marie Bielenberg, 49, pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Supreme Court on August 8 to one count each of producing methamphetamine.

The court was told the Gladstone pair went to a friend's place on April 9 last year, unaware a meth cook was taking place.

The cook failed, and Alexander and Bielenberg volunteered to buy matches and a litre of acetone at Bunnings.

Alexander was under surveillance by police.

Defence barrister Tom Polley described their involvement as minor.

Justice Duncan McMeekin agreed, but said it was still a serious offence.

Mr Polley said Alexander had a good upbringing, but was disowned by his parents because of his meth addiction.

He said Alexander spent time in jail last year.

"When he got out he begged his Dad for assistance to get clean," he said.

The court was told Alexander had a new partner and had turned his life around.

"He appreciates this is his last chance," Mr Polley said.

Justice McMeekin described Alexander's history as "appalling".

"The magistrates have tried to keep you out of jail but you did your best to get in there," he said.

Mr Polley told the court Bielenberg had a rough childhood and began using drugs when she was 16.

He said while the mother of three had a long criminal history, she had never served time behind bars.

Alexander and Bielenberg were sentenced to 12 months jail with immediate parole.

Topics:  crime, drugs, gladstone, methamphetamine, rockhampton supreme court



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