Dad slid into drug trade after becoming addicted to meth
AT THE mention of his two young daughters, Jake Llewelyn Hitchcock burst into tears in the dock.
On Friday, the Supreme Court of Rockhampton heard how a series of bad events led the single Gladstone dad to a life of drugs.
Clearly eager to pull himself out of the dark hole he found himself in, the 40-year-old dobbed himself in to police when he was pulled over for a random drug test on the Bruce Hwy near Gin Gin in October last year.
Failing the test, police found more than $2000 in cash, a small quantity of methamphetamine and cannabis, syringes and other drug paraphernalia in his car.
In an interview with police, he told them how he had been supplying and selling drugs for his friends for about three months.
Justice Duncan McMeekin yesterday conceded if not for his full and frank admissions, his trafficking offending might not have been detected.
Hitchcock pleaded guilty to trafficking drugs between July and October last year, as well as five counts of supplying.
Although he started using cannabis at a young age, he only developed a habit for meth last year.
The court heard he lost his father in 2011 and then in July last year his girls moved back in with their mother.
A $30,000 inheritance quickly dwindled away as he fed his addiction.
It was heard he would arrange his drug transactions using a pay phone.
There was no profit involved in his trafficking.
Since being charged, Hitchcock's daughters have been back in his care.
Justice McMeekin said it was obvious Hitchcock had made determined efforts to rehabilitate himself.
He took into account his co-operation with police, but said his duty was to deter others from "this evil trade".
He sentenced Hitchcock to three years jail, to be released on parole on January 30 next year.