Gladstone druggy uses crack to cope with anxiety
JAILED on drug offences, even Phillip Woodrow's lawyer says he was no angel.
Woodrow was sentenced to six months jail over a series of drug offences and ordered to serve four weeks.
These offences began just weeks after he received a District Court suspended jail sentence for drug offences.
Woodrow pleaded guilty before Gladstone Magistrates Court to possession of drug utensils, clip seal bags and tick sheets used in a drug offence throughout this year and 2015.
Prosecutor Sgt Barry Stevens three glass pipes used to smoke ice and clip sheets were found in Woodrow's bedroom in August.
In another search two months later police found electronic scales and a glass smoking pipe with drug residue, Woodrow telling officers he used it to smoke crack.
During a third search in November officers found a home made water pipe on top of a fridge that Woodrow denied ever seeing before. A pipe used to smoke ice and a box of clip seal bags were found in a bedroom.
In December police searched a car Woodrow was in and found clip seal bags, two tick sheets, and $1315 cash in his wallet. Police believe the money is from drug offences.
A search of Woodrow's bum bag on March 22 found a mobile phone that held texts relating to the sale of drugs.
"He says he shouldn't have sent them," Sgt Stevens said.
"Clearly my client has a serious issue with drugs," lawyer Cassandra Ditchfield said. "He has not worked since falling over and has the care of four children.
"He is diagnosed with anxiety and depression which he instructs is the root cause of his drug offending.
Ms Ditchfield acknowledged the suspended jail sentence had not had an effect on Woodrow when it "should have been ringing in his ears".
"I would not suggest he's been an angel. I wouldn't make such a submission."
Sentencing him, Magistrate Penelope Hay said he will go back before the District Court.
Mr Woodrow pleaded guilt to these offences:
- August 20 - possession of pipes and electronic scales.
- October 15 - possession of pipes to smoke methylamphetamine
- November 23 - possession on December 7 of tick sheets and Australian currency-$1315 suspected of being drug proceeds; breach of bail conditions (curfew)
- January 21 - possession of property (including mobile phone) used in a drug offence in March.