Former gifted student tried to pressure teen to buy pot

A FORMER gifted child once on track to study biomedical science found himself before a court for trying to supply marijuana to a minor on a bus to Toowoomba.

Adam Charles Keys, 23, was drunk when he repeatedly tried to persuade the 15-year-old boy to buy the drug from him and smoke it in the toilets like he had been doing.

When an adult told him off for the behaviour in January last year, Keys swore at the passenger and threatened him.

The boy reported the incident to police when he got off the bus in Toowoomba but Keys was not kicked off the bus until Dalby where he was a further nuisance in that town.

He yelled at staff in a service station and made sexual advances towards female staff at a takeaway restaurant before police found him down a laneway with a gram of marijuana.

Keys, who was born in Lismore and grew up in Miles, acquired a brain injury after a quad bike crash in 2012 that left him in hospital for more than a month with facial and skull fractures.

Brisbane District Court heard on Thursday that supplying drugs to a minor carried a maximum 25 years imprisonment.

But Justice Jean Dalton sentenced Keys to three years probation with a condition he stay under the care of a psychiatrist for the period.

She told Keys she doubted he would survive in custody and it was time he began taking responsibility for his behaviour.

The court heard Keys had a history of alcohol and drug abuse which was borne out in his criminal history.

Defence barrister John McInnes said Keys had been accepted into a rehabilitation facility.

He said his client had a bipolar disorder and was now studying for a counselling diploma.