Drug user loses Bechtel job, wife and freedom

A MAN who lost his job and marriage when he starting using drugs was yesterday sentenced to three months imprisonment.

It was Kenneth James Speers' mother who called police to inform them of his whereabouts on June 10, 2013.

That phone call was made at the end of a day of recklessness, when Speers accelerated heavily, travelling more than 40km above the speed limit, losing a police pursuit along the way.

Three days later when police caught up with him, they uncovered a stash of LSD, digital scales and a mobile phone.

When the mobile phone was confiscated, police found text messages pertaining to the sale and procurement of drugs.

One message read: "Hey bro it's Kenny, can you hook us up with some drugs?"

It was at this point the defendant was remanded in custody and lost his job with Bechtel.

Yesterday Speers appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court where he pleaded guilty to 14 charges, including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, four charges of possessing dangerous drugs and failing to stop a motor vehicle.

Magistrate Penelope Hay told the court Speers needed to be monitored.

"It will take more than a few months for you to overcome your drug problem," Ms Hay said.

"(You) need to understand what you have done," she said.

Speers' sentence was wholly suspended for two years.

He was additionally fined $6000 for the remaining charges and disqualified from holding a licence for two years and six months.



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