News

Tragedy as CQ toddler loses both her parents

Jeffrey David Johnson, 29, pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court of Rockhampton on Thursday to possessing over 2g of meth, along with nine other drug related charges.
Jeffrey David Johnson, 29, pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court of Rockhampton on Thursday to possessing over 2g of meth, along with nine other drug related charges. John Gass

A FOUR-YEAR-OLD girl who lost her mother to suicide last year will be without her father for the next five months after he was jailed for possessing methamphetamines.

Jeffrey David Johnson, 29, pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court of Rockhampton on Thursday to possessing over 2g of meth, along with nine other drug related charges.

Johnson's defence barrister Maree Willey explained Johnson's criminal history related to drugs dating back to 2015 was linked to his partner's mental health problems and untimely death.

"His partner had significant mental health issues and in March 2016, she took her own life," Ms Willey said.

She said his first charge dealt with by courts in 2015 was when he was using drugs to help cope with the "highs and lows" of her schizophrenia, bipolar and obsessive compulsive disorder.

"He increased his usage after her suicide," Ms Willey said. "He thought that would help him get through."

Crown prosecutor Hamish McIntyre said police conducted a search of Johnson's Kin Kora home in Gladstone on May 20, 2016, where they found 2.537g of meth.

The search also uncovered $2600 in cash, a mobile phone suspected to be used in criminal activity, a tick sheet with seven customer names and amounts varying $50 to $700, a stolen ipad, an ice pipe, digital scales, 10 prescription tablets and a number of valuable electronics suspected of being tainted property.

The court heard Johnson gave police a number of false passcodes for the mobile phone, for which he was charged with obstructing police.

Mr McIntyre said at the time of the May offences, Johnson was on bail after being found with two bongs in February 2016.

After being charged for these offences, Johnson spent 86 days in custody.

Three months after he was released, and while on bail for the May offences, Johnson was caught by police again and charged with drug driving, having a small quantity of meth in a pipe, $600 cash and a tick sheet.

He was sentenced for the November 2016 offences in the Gladstone Magistrates Court last month.

"You've let that little girl down badly with this," Justice Duncan McMeekin said during sentencing in Rockhampton.

Justice McMeekin made reference to how well Johnson had been doing in life, he had completed an apprenticeship as an electrician and run his own company for five years prior to his partner's mental health issues, after the troubled childhood his barrister described.

Ms Willey said Johnson and his three siblings would often come home to no power and no food growing up as both their parents abused amphetamines on a daily basis.

Justice McMeekin even acknowledged Johnson's contribution to helping a former employee establish his own business since the May 2016 offences.

He was sentenced to a two-year prison term with parole released date of October 18, 2017, which takes into account the pre-sentence custody of 86 days.

The court heard the little girl will be cared for while Johnson is in prison and he intends to move away from the area with his daughter when he is released.

Topics:  drugs editors picks mental health methampetamines schizophrenia suicide supreme court of rockhampton

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Children embrace being under eight

Lacey and Mia Appleton loved jumping around on the jumping castle at Under 8s Day last Friday at St Catherine's Catholic College.

Children had a ball at St Cath's Under 8s Day

Top prize won at Quest

SWITCHED ON: Summah Quinlan, Luke McNally and Noah Connell competing at the Quest for Knowledge event in Townsville.

St Cath's students took out the winning prize at the event

Proserpine High claims two league titles

CHAMPIONS: The Proserpine High open boys rugby league team who took out the Col Grosskreutz shield in Mackay.

High school wins first school boy titles in years.

Local Partners

Man has possible bleeding to the brain after one punch

A 28-YEAR-OLD man is in a serious condition after he was punched in the face at an Airlie Beach hotel overnight.

Debbie's graveyard: Major auction to clear written-off cars

Auto Repair and Towing Service owner Shane Muntelwit at the salvage yard behind Mackay Airport, which has become a graveyard for about 150 vehicles destroyed or written off by Cyclone Debbie.

A salvage yard has become a makeshift graveyard

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

What public holidays are left in 2017

Ipswich residents will get the day off tomorrow for the show.

IPSWICH residents will get tomorrow off for the show

10 strange stories behind famous sex scenes

WHEN it comes to shooting sex scenes, it’s no secret that every set has their own method.

HBO spills new details on Game of Thrones’ final season

Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season will only have six episodes.

New details about what to expect from the eighth, final instalment.

Karl’s rant on Corby: ‘Made to look like idiots’

Karl Stefanovic is sick of hearing about Schapelle Corby.

Today co-host launched a tirade against Schapelle Corby media circus

Big Pineapple festival safety concerns as 100s walk home

LONG WALK HOME: Many festival goers opted to take a dangerous walk home due to transport difficulty following the Big Pineapple Festival in Woombye on Saturday.

Big Pineapple festival-goers have braved dangerous walks home

Shot at the live shows slips through Sally's fingers

Sally Skelton and Bojesse Pigram pictured after their battle performance on The Voice.

Sunshine Coast singer's dramatic elimination from The Voice

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor split after 17 years

They were married in May 2000 and have two children, who they said will remain their priority.

Ben Stiller and his wife Christine Taylor have called it a day

Why The Voice hasn't produced a star

Boy George responds to Brittania Clifford-Pugh's heart-warming message.

It's the industry, not the show, says Boy George

Home to a sex worker: Sordid history of iconic Coast shed

Milojevic Djordjevic's daughter Linda at the derelict shed on Yandina-Coolum Road.

The shed was once a liveable 'barrack'.

This is real estate's billion-dollar man

Bob Wolff at AREC with John McGrath of McGrath Real Estate.

They don’t call him the “Billion dollar man” for nothing

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Lost dough leaves sour taste after company collapse

Kathleen and John Mahoney from Sugar and Spice Bakery were stung after the collapse of Cantro Pty Ltd and are still owed money.

Supermarket operator collapse leaves sour taste for bakery

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!