Serial thief and ice addict back to old ways
A SLADE Point ice addict and serial thief returned to stealing from homes and ripping off cars just two days after his release from prison on parole.
Jamie Aaron Nash, 24, fronted Mackay Magistrates Court via video link from jail, pleading guilty to six burglary and four car theft offences.
Nash on December 22 pleaded guilty to 32 charges, including seven counts of stealing, eight counts of driving while disqualified by a court, two counts of failing to stop for police, and one count of obstructing police and failing to show up for court.
The offences, committed in about two months from September 1, constituted a "major crime spree", said magistrate Ron Muirhead.
Nash, while on probation, stole about $16,900 of property when he rifled through homes.
Nash's crimes left a long line of residents out of pocket and perhaps helped to fund the tyre fitter's $500-600 per day ice addiction, as canvassed by Legal Aid Queensland solicitor Erin Beer.
Ms Beer said Nash experimented with ice in 2014 and quickly developed a longstanding addiction.
During his latest spree, Nash stole $8900 of goods in a single burglary, snatched a television from a hotel, drove off from service stations without paying and stole three smartphones, among an array of other dishonest acts, prosecutor Shelby Larcombe said.
Ms Beer said Nash struggled to recall events as he had been "seriously affected by drugs".
She asked Mr Muirhead to consider Nash's age and impose a term that was not "crushing".
Nash was sentenced to two years' imprisonment, but he'll be released on parole on August 14 due to 36 days already served.
Mr Muirhead also imposed a two-decade driver's licence suspension, ordered Nash to pay his victims $16,903 and fined him $1099.