Drug and alcohol addict Nathan James Bennett, 23, was jailed for four crimes.
Drug and alcohol addict Nathan James Bennett, 23, was jailed for four crimes. Melinda Siegmeier

Serial offender gets jail time

HE is only 23, but he has been addicted to drugs and alcohol from the age of 12 or 13.

And he has never worked a day in his life.

However, Nathan James Bennett's career as a criminal was cut short last Wednesday when he pleaded guilty to four charges in the Rockhampton District Court.

He was charged with committing two robberies in January, along with wilful damage and entering premises with intent to commit a crime.

And Bennett spent his 23rd birthday on Friday in the Capricornia Correctional Centre.

And it is not the first time the serial offender has seen the inside of a prison cell.

In March 2009 he escaped through a laundry window in the low-security section after being jailed for armed robbery.

But the court heard after his recapture and subsequent release in August 2009 he began drinking heavily.

And on January 1 this year he stole a quad bike from a Zilzie Bay man's home and tried to sell it to another person.

Later that month he caused $2090 worth of damage to a metal awning in the Endeavour Inn in Emu Park by walking on it.

Only hours later Bennett bashed up a friend who refused to hand over $70 he had withdrawn from an ATM.

Crown prosecutor Carly Whelan said he held his mate in a headlock and punched him until he fell to the ground.

Bennett's barrister, Jordan Ahlstrand, said Bennett could not remember committing the crimes because he was drunk.

The court heard Bennett had been addicted to cannabis and alcohol from 12 or 13 years old, and became addicted to speed and ice at 14.

Judge Grant Britton said it was clear Bennett had a “troubled childhood”.

Bennett's parole release date is July 11.



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