Police and emergency services investigate an Idris Court home in Landsborough on October 30, 2018.
Police and emergency services investigate an Idris Court home in Landsborough on October 30, 2018.

Plasterer cops ‘generous’ sentence after drug lab bust

A MAN caught with a homemade drug lab when police raided a suburban Coast home has been given a “generous” sentence but also a stark warning by a judge.

Dean Anthony Vincent Maxworthy, 47, faced Maroochydore District Court on Monday as a result of police finding a drug laboratory and four CCTV cameras they said he used in his drug offending at a Landsborough home.

The raid, on the morning of October 30, 2018, resulted in emergency services cordoning off Idris Court in Landsborough.

Firefighters donned full protective gear after being called by Sunshine Coast Tactical Crime Squad officers to help make the scene safe.

Dean Anthony Vincent Maxworthy, 46, fronted Maroochydore Magistrates Court charged with nine offences allegedly in connection with a Landsborough drug lab.
Dean Anthony Vincent Maxworthy, 46, fronted Maroochydore Magistrates Court charged with nine offences allegedly in connection with a Landsborough drug lab.

Maxworthy, who had been a plasterer, pleaded guilty on Monday to drug production and possessing a thing used in the commission of a crime.

He also pleaded guilty to 11 lesser charges committed between October 2018 and August last year.

They included disqualified driving, attempted fraud, stealing, drug possession and break and enter.

Firefighters put on breathing apparatus before going into an Idris Court property at Landsborough.
Firefighters put on breathing apparatus before going into an Idris Court property at Landsborough.

Judge Glen Cash accepted Maxworthy would have been able to produce about 1g of methamphetamine with the laboratory he had and that it was for his own use.

The court heard Maxworthy had a history of drug and property offences.

His lawyer Nathan Turner said Maxworthy had gained insight into his offending during 215 days he had been in prison awaiting sentence.

“This is a relapse, another relapse,” Mr Turner said.

He asked that his client be sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail and released on Monday, which was a few months earlier than what Judge Glen Cash deemed would be a reasonable sentence.

Judge Cash said that was arguably a generous sentence but agreed, saying Maxworthy would be better placed to integrate into the community.

He noted letters of support from Maxworthy’s family.

“You are in your late 40s now … if you return to drugs you are just going to be back in jail for longer and longer periods of time or you are going to end up killing yourself on drugs,” Judge Cash said.

Maxworthy was released on parole and disqualified from driving for two years.