Judge gives man ultimate warning after extensive crime spree
A MACKAY man has been told that if he does not get off drugs and fix his life up he will grow into a sad old man languishing behind bars wondering where the past four decades have gone.
Judge Julie Ryrie said, given the man's shocking criminal history, he would become his own jailer if he so much as spits outside a car window and finds himself back before the courts.
Jamie Alan Cahill, 35, pleaded guilty on Wednesday in the Brisbane District Court to 27 offences stemming from a drug-fuelled crime spree across Mackay between May, 2012, and May, 2013.
Cahill was facing so many charges he was bulk arraigned on charges including burglary, drugs, stealing, break and enter, motor vehicle, property, trespass, assault, firearms, fraud, explosives, disqualified driving, obstruct police and bail offences.
Crown Prosecutor Matthew Hynes told the court Cahill's criminal history had spanned two decades and he had spent more than a decade of that behind bars.
He said his criminal history included more than 34 convictions for break and enter as well as property offences.
"He has been persistently before the courts since he was 15," he said.
"He was jailed for eight years, but only served four years for his role in attempting to import a large quantity of cocaine into the country.
"He has also been convicted and disqualified from driving on nine previous occasions and is facing four more charges currently before the court."
Mr Hynes said all of the offences were committed while still serving a Commonwealth parole order for the cocaine importation offence.
"Two of the burglaries were committed while the occupants were inside the house," he said.
"In one burglary he assaulted the occupant when trying to flee."
Defence barrister Damien Gates said Cahill had struggled with drug addiction his entire adult life.
He said as soon as he was arrested he immediately put his hand up to the crimes and assisted police extensively with their investigations.
"The offences were all committed as a result of a serious drug problem," he said.
"He fully admits he has a drug problem and for the first time in his life has taken steps to address it.
"He knows that if he does not pick up his act his life will not be a pleasant one."
Judge Julie Ryrie, in sentencing Cahill to three years behind bars, said he was a recidivist offender, but took into consideration his attempts towards rehabilitation and very early guilty plea.
"Looking at your criminal history I am not surprised you have spent most of your adult life in jail," she said.
"You are a recidivist offender . . . there is absolutely not other way to describe you.
"Doing drugs may give you a brief relief, but when you come out of it your problems are still there, if not worse."
Judge Ryrie ordered the 15 months Cahill had served in pre-sentence custody as time already served and ordered he be released on parole on November 1, 2014.
She disqualified him from driving for three years.