No more chances for Gladstone dad jailed for drug crimes
DETAILS of the local drug scene were exposed in court on Tuesday when a Gladstone man was sent to prison after his substance abuse spiralled into a life of crime.
Christopher Neil Tranter appeared via video link in Gladstone Magistrates Court pleading guilty to a string of drug-related and stealing offences.
The 32-year-old father faced court while still serving a suspended sentence and in breach of probation for other fraud offences, in which he abused prescription drugs.
He'd previously dodged jail time in 2008 when he told the court he was responsible for three young children.
Police Prosecutor Mick O'Rourke told the court Tranter had been caught four times over a two-week period in May and June, stealing anything from pork crackling to pies from local petrol stations.
And on June 6, Tranter was caught injecting drugs in his car in bushland on Joe Joseph Dr.
Police found 11 used syringes, four spoons and a mobile phone with text messages about drug supply.
Tranter admitted to police he had used the items to shoot up.
When reading off the lengthy charge sheet, Police Prosecutor O'Rourke said it was clear Tranter had had a serious substance abuse problem over many years.
"Where do you draw the line?" he asked.
Tranter pleaded guilty to four counts of stealing, one count of possessing dangerous drugs, one count of failing to take reasonable care of a syringe or needle and one count of possessing anything used in the commission of a crime.
He has already served 33 days in custody.
Magistrate Russell Warfield said Tranter had been given ample chances to sort out his life.
"It's time to finally grow up," he said.
Tranter was sentenced to 12 months in prison with a September 9 parole release date.