Drug habit ruins start to new life
LINDSEY Mastroieni is 17 and expecting to have a baby on Monday.
Yesterday her drug-addicted boyfriend, 25-year-old Jayde Stephen Biddulph, was sentenced to nine months jail after he breached an intensive correction order to feed his habit.
After the sentence, Lindsey lashed out at the court, concerned that a jail term would only ensure his addiction continued.
'He's not going to get over his drug habit while he's in jail ? there's more drugs in there than there is out here, he needs proper help,' she said.
Lindsey said she had been 'stressing out' about how she would cope while her boyfriend was in jail.
'They (the courts) should be helping him, he keeps asking for rehab but they let him off and let him off and let him off, now they're sending him to jail and it's not going to fix his drug problem,' she said.
Lindsey said he had attempted to gain help in giving up drugs previously, and had been 'clean' for one month before succumbing to the temptation again.
Biddulph appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court yesterday on a number of charges, including two stealing charges, which resulted in him breaching an intensive corrections order handed down on April 7 this year.
Police Prosecutor Sergeant Graham Seabrook said Biddulph had an extensive history and the court had "no other option'' but to send him to jail.
Defence lawyer Stacey O'Gorman said Biddulph had had a drug addiction for about six years after being involved in a serious car accident.
She said Biddulph knew it was time to put it all behind him and overcome his addiction to set a good example for his child.
Magistrate Brian Kucks revoked the nine-month intensive corrections order handed down in April, sentencing Biddulph to serve nine months in jail, including the time already spent in custody, for each of the offences, to be served concurrently.
Gladstone Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs Service (ATODS) teamleader Pam Frankham said the service offered assessment, case management, counselling and referral to people wishing to overcome a drug addiction.
She said the service was voluntary and could include rehabilitation in the community or at a rehabilitation centre, as well as non-medical intervention. For more information phone 4976 3347 or 1800 177 833.