A man has been given a suspended jail term after pleading guilty to charges including possession of a fake $50 note. Image: File
A man has been given a suspended jail term after pleading guilty to charges including possession of a fake $50 note. Image: File

Grandfather caught with fake money

A 36-year-old grandfather and father of 10 has received a further jail sentence for ongoing drug and fake money offences.

A magistrate told Aaron Murphy his growing criminal history did him no favours when he went before Ipswich Magistrates Court for sentence this week.

Aaron Lance Murphy, 36, from Deception Bay, pleaded guilty to seven charges including being in possession of a counterfeit $50 note at Bellbird Park on October 3 last year; possession of morphine; obstructing a police officer at Bellbird Park; possession of ammunition when not licensed; possession of identification suspected of being stolen; possession of pipes used to smoke a dangerous drug; and failing to dispose of a used syringe.

Prosecutor Sergeant Nicholas Turnbull said Murphy had a 15-page criminal history and while not serious on the scale, it involved "persistent offending".

Sgt Turnbull said Murphy received a jail term in 2019 for drugs and stolen property offences.

Defence barrister Peter Sloane said any jail term should be suspended.

"He is 36 years old and has been in and out of custody all his life," Mr Sloane said.

"Has been battling drugs all his life.

"He has 10 children and is a grandfather of two."

Magistrate Andy Cridland said he had read the police facts.

"Your criminal history does not do you any favours," Mr Cridland said.

Murphy was convicted and sentenced to a four-month jail term, immediately suspended for 18 months.



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