Drug addict jailed for Valentine's Day meth bust

A SUNSHINE Coast drug addict who was once convicted of coward-punching a man while high on booze and ecstasy has been jailed for his latest brush with the law.

Taimona Sionemale, 29, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in the Brisbane Supreme Court to possessing 5.2g of meth after police busted him on Valentine's Day last year.

Crown prosecutor Michael Connolly told the court how staff at the Aspley Leagues Club in Brisbane called police after noticing Sionemale acting suspiciously near a vehicle in the carpark.

He said police eventually located him hiding on the passenger floor of his white ute.

"A subsequent search of the vehicle uncovered 5.2g of methamphetamine, hunting knives, a bumbag containing $5000 in cash, scales and assorted drug-related paraphernalia," he said.

"The methamphetamine was later tested and it was 67% pure."

Mr Connolly unsuccessfully argued Sionemale's offending had a commercial aspect to it given the items police located in the vehicle.

Defence barrister John Fraser said the money located was from pokie winnings at the leagues club.

He said Sionemale was a drug addict and the narcotics were for Sionemale's personal use.

"He was arrested with $5000 in crisp $100 bills," he said.

"If he was a drug dealer of any sort you would expect to find monetary dominations of all varieties.

"If you look at his criminal history this is a man with a drug habit and addiction and his offending is largely associated with that."

Justice Peter Flanagan agreed there was no evidence Sionemale's offending had a commercial aspect to it.

He told Sionemale that he needed to break his long standing drug addiction otherwise he would spend the majority of his life in-and-out of jail.

Justice Flanagan sentenced Sionemale to 12 months behind bars but ordered he be released on parole on June 19 after serving four months.

- APN NEWSDESK.



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