Jail for man who turned to meth after fiancée cheated on him
A MACKAY man whose life spiralled out of control after turning to meth when he learnt his fiancée had been cheating on him and had been working as a prostitute will spend the next 15 months behind bars.
Troy Dennis Browning, 30, pleaded guilty on Monday in the Brisbane Supreme Court to trafficking, supplying and possessing methamphetamines between May and August, 2012, at Caloundra.
Defence barrister John Jacob told the court Browning, who was born and raised in Mackay before moving to the Sunshine Coast, was living the dream until things turned extremely sour.
"He moved to the Sunshine Coast from Mackay with his then partner, who became his fiancée, and had secured an excellent job working in the mining industry," he said.
"He was a fly-in fly-out worker working at an operation near Karratha in Western Australia.
"One day his neighbour called him to say he fiancée was having an affair.
"He flew back to the Sunshine Coast where he confronted her and she admitted to the affair and told him she had been working as a prostitute."
Mr Jacob said Browning had endured a massive "fall from grace" and his subsequent drug use had nearly ruined his life.
"He quickly involved himself in the Caloundra drug scene and had become heavily addicted to meth," he said.
"It resulted in him losing his $3000 per week job, savings, possessions and he became homeless and had literally hit rock bottom.
"He has since moved back to Mackay where he has a great job, new relationship and the full support and love of his family."
Justice Jean Dalton accepted Browning was only trafficking and supplying meth to help feed his own addiction.
She sentenced him to three years and nine months behind bars but ordered he be eligible for release after serving one-third of the sentence.
"I think you have seen first-hand what meth use can do to a person's life," she said.
"This drug is extremely dangerous and very harmful to those who use it.
"Each meth user who looks like a wreck at 50 at some stage looked like you.
"I often wonder when I see them come through the court system is there actually any hope for them."
Browning will be released on parole on October 20, 2015.