'Care for no one but yourself': Ice-addicted thief locked up
CAUGHT in the grips of ice addiction, a former mining worker from Blacks Beach seemingly stole anything that wasn't nailed down.
In one instance, one of Matthew David Thomas Cook's victims noticed the addict riding a motorcycle which had been stolen.
When approached by the bike's owner, Cook threatened him with a knife.
Another three times, the 36 year old dodged police traffic stops at speed.
In Mackay Supreme Court, Justice Graeme Crow described Cook's actions - including speeding through an intersection on a red light - as inviting "death or destruction”.
"You care for no one but yourself,” the judge said during Wednesday's hearing.
Cook fronted the court in custody, supported by a small group of well-wishers, pleading guilty to 42 charges, including burglaries, possessing ice (3.24g) and restricted drugs, vehicle theft, failing to stop and possessing a weapon.
During his offending in 2017-18, Cook stole a ute, motorbikes, trailers, jewellery and registration plates, among other items.
Cook snatching items from garages was considered his most serious offending - burglary can attract life imprisonment in Queensland.
Defence barrister Bronwyn Hartigan described Cook's offending as relatively "low level” and said her client had been 'addicted to drugs for a very long time”.
She did concede the "sheer volume” of offences worked against Cook.
But Ms Hartigan added Cook would choose his family over ice, after spending his time well while locked up away from drugs.
Cook was sentenced to four years' jail and disqualified from driving for four years.
He will be eligible for release on parole on June 12, after already serving almost a year behind bars in pre-sentence custody.