Ipswich drug supplier sentenced to jail, but out next month

AN IPSWICH man who sold meth to other people has been sentenced to jail but will be out in less than a month.

Clint Eric Hutchinson, 33, pleaded guilty at Brisbane District Court to a string of charges including supplying meth, possessing drugs, obstructing police and failing to appear; between December 2013 and April this year.

The court heard he sold small amounts of meth, from 0.5g to 0.7g, to various people over five days.

His crimes were revealed to police when they examined his mobile phone and showed text messages detailing the supplies, the court heard.

During the sentence hearing on Wednesday Judge Kiernan Dorney said it was clear Hutchinson had a long term drug problem.

Judge Dorney also said there had been periods where Hutchinson was clean.

"That gives me some feeling of satisfaction that you can in fact successfully rehabilitate," Judge Dorney said.

He sentenced Hutchinson to two years jail and ordered his parole release date be December 2 this year, taking into account about seven months he had already been behind bars.

Judge Dorney said he fixed the parole release date for next month because of the circumstances of this case and because Hutchinson had embarked on the road to rehabilitation.

For other crimes Hutchinson committed, including driving off from a petrol station without paying for fuel, running from police and damaging a hotel room, he was convicted and not further punished.

- APN NEWSDESK



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