Busted with ice haul, back in court on dozens of charges

Mitchell Lloyd Oliver, 27, of Ooralea, appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday, pleading guilty to 43 charges dated between August 3, 2016 and April 1, 2017.
Mitchell Lloyd Oliver, 27, of Ooralea, appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday, pleading guilty to 43 charges dated between August 3, 2016 and April 1, 2017. Facebook

AN Ooralea man has faced court on 43 charges just weeks after he walked free from Mackay Supreme Court for possessing bags of the drug ice.

They include burglary, car theft, stealing, fraud, drug possession, failing to stop a vehicle for police, wilful damage, driving unlicensed and uninsured and repeat breaches of bail.

The crimes were largely committed after the 27-year-old was busted with 14.89 grams of methamphetamines in multiple clip-seal bags on August 3 last year.

That wake-up call, which resulted in a year's jail with immediate parole, was evidently not enough to deter Mitchell Lloyd Oliver from further criminal activity.

Oliver faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday, pleading guilty to the 43 charges.

Charges included two counts of entering a dwelling to commit an offence, one count of unlawfully using a vehicle, two counts of failing to stop for police, seven counts of stealing, two counts of fraud, two counts of drug possession, and one count of possessing drug utensils and property used in the commission of a drug offence.

Other charges included five counts of breaching bail, five counts of driving unlicensed, four counts of driving uninsured, four counts of driving unregistered, four counts of driving with another vehicle's plates, and one count of contravening police, wilful damage and contravening probation.


Oliver's lengthy spree occurred between August 3, 2016 and April 1, 2017 across the Mackay region, including Andergrove, Farleigh and Paget.

Defence barrister Antoinette Morton conceded Oliver had breached probation "rather spectacularly".

However, she said Oliver had made early guilty pleas and if his offences had been sentenced together in the Supreme Court it likely would have mustered a better result for her client.

Ms Morton referred to Oliver as a recovering ice addict and said that addiction primarily drove his crimes.

Additionally, the barrister said Oliver was close to obtaining his boilermaker apprenticeship and had an offer for a job.

Ms Morton said Magistrate Damien Dwyer could place Oliver on probation, but the magistrate said Oliver already had his chance and probation was not at all appropriate.

Oliver's parents supported him from the public gallery.

Mr Dwyer adjourned the case until September 14.

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