Mackay dad jailed for 'ice-fuelled escapade'
A WEST Mackay dad who stole several cars and set one of them on fire in an ice-fuelled crime spree could be out of jail in less than three months, but he won't be able to drive for five years.
Brady Watson, 31, stole two cars in Mackay, burning or damaging them, and was caught by police with several grams of ice between February 9 and 14 last year, while on bail for unrelated offences.
The labourer, who was using ice each day, pleaded guilty to seven charges relating to the thefts in the Supreme Court in Mackay yesterday, and to several other charges, including one of failing to appear in court.
Crown prosecutor Jacob Robson told the court Watson's criminal history included "numerous previous convictions for offences of dishonesty, which one infers is drug-related".
Describing Watson's actions, Mr Robson said it was "an intense spree of offending" and "aggressive and antisocial".
In particular, "the conduct at Magpies Sporting Club, when Watson was driving around the oval yelling at employees" in a stolen car.
Defence barrister Stephen Byrne said in the 381 days Watson had spent behind bars, he hadn't used ice, had been volunteering and had completed training certificates.
Additionally, Mr Byrne said the ice Watson possessed was only for personal use.
Justice David North told the court Watson's crimes had escalated in severity, culminating in an "ice- fuelled escapade", but he hoped rehabilitation would lead to positive change.
He also took into account Watson, a single man living apart from his two children, had undertaken training and was making steps to better his lot in life.
Watson was sentenced to four years jail, to be eligible for parole on June 14, 2017.
He was disqualified from driving for five years.