Judge delivers sobering warning to drug addict
A JUDGE has urged a Bundaberg drug addict with five pages of criminal history to turn his life around or risk spending the rest of it in jail.
In Bundaberg District Court on Wednesday, Judge Brendan Butler gave the sobering warning to 37-year-old Rodney Reegan Bayliss as he sentenced him for a string of drug offences, including producing methamphetamine from an East Bundaberg home (pictured).
"If you don't break the habit with the drugs inevitably the police will find you and because of your history you'll be going to prison every time. You'll spend the rest of your adult life in jail," Judge Butler said.
Beating a drug addiction was not beyond Bayliss, after becoming hooked on heroin at 18, he managed to successfully undertake the methadone program and end 10 years of addiction.
But in 2007 the death of his brother in a motorcycle crash plunged Bayliss back into the world of drugs and he began taking methamphetamine.
To feed his habit he produced a batch of the dangerous drug every four to five months. When police carried out a search warrant at Bayliss's home in East Bundaberg on January 12 this year they found him hiding in a cupboard.
"I suppose it's a natural enough reaction if you have a meth lab in the rear shed," Crown prosecutor Katrina Overell said.
Bayliss went on to tell police about the set-up in his shed, which included a stash of caustic soda and hydrochloric acid.
Police also found a small amount of methamphetamine and marijuana.
Bayliss also pleaded guilty to drug offences from Brisbane in August 2014, when he was found with items used to produce drugs.
"Clearly you had lab and by the end of 2015 you had another drug lab," Judge Butler said.
He urged Bayliss to use his brother's death as motivation to turn his life around.
"The last thing he would have wanted was that his death destroy your life," he said.
"You're going to need to have the strength and character to fix yourself."
Bayliss was given a sentence of two years and eight months with a parole release date of January 11 next year.