Father of four found who is a meth addict avoids jail time

HIDDEN in the bathroom of his family home, Jason Donovan kept his dirty secret.

The Biloela father was a meth addict.

During a police raid executed on March 13, 2013, a number of items used to created the dangerous drug were located nestled among the toothbrushes and towels.

Last month, the 35-year-old pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton District Court to two counts of possessing dangerous drugs and two counts of possessing things to make the drugs.

The court heard Donovan's children and partner were in the house at the time of his offending.

Defence barrister Tom Polley said his client was often left to his own devices as a child.

"He would roam the streets at night with older friends," he said.

He told the court drugs had plagued Donovan's life since he was 17.

"He used a lot and on a regular basis," he said.

"But since he was caught, he has made an effort to clean up his act."

The court heard Donovan co-operated with police.

Mr Polley said he had the items to try and purify a small quantity of poor quality meth he had bought. No meth was actually found at his house.

He said Donovan had four children aged from three weeks to five years. The court heard Donovan had a substantial history dating back a number of years.

However, Judge Michael Shanahan said he was persuaded to keep the defendant out of jail by his serious efforts to rehabilitate.

"If you are to raise your children in the proper way, you will have to stay away from drugs," he cautioned.

He sentenced Donovan to nine months' jail with immediate parole.



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