'Please lock me up, Your Honour'
A SELF-confessed drug addict has walked free from court, despite asking to be locked up because he was likely to commit further offences.
Craig Stanley Kemp emphatically trumpeted "guilty" when asked to respond to a string of charges, including producing, supplying and possessing amphetamines and failing to properly dispose of a syringe.
Magistrate Graham Lee told Kemp he was not prepared to place him behind bars, as he wanted to give him the chance to turn his life around first.
Kemp, who is of no fixed abode, was intercepted by police in Wallace St on April 14, where officers discovered a "mobile meth lab" in his vehicle.
Police prosecutor Steve de Lissa said iodine, hypo phosphorous acid, a condenser and glass cooking utensils were located in the vehicle.
"All of the items located, when used together, are for the production of amphetamines," Snr Const de Lissa said.
In an earlier incident on March 10, Kemp was observed by police to stash two uncapped syringes and a small quantity of amphetamine in long grass as they approached him.
Lawyer Phillip Crook told the Warwick Magistrates Court his 36-year-old client had developed his drug addiction as a means to battle the "lonely life" of a shearer.
He said the drug-fuelled lifestyle was one he enjoyed and had become "used to".
Mr Crook added that Kemp conceded he was "probably a candidate for re-offending" and was prepared to go to jail.
Due to his nomadic lifestyle, it was determined Kemp was unsuitable for probation or parole and Mr Crook said a suspended sentence would likely result in his client being brought back before the courts.
Mr Crook said he had some trouble with his client's desire to serve time.
"I would normally be asking for a suspended sentence but he feels he may not be able to observe it," Mr Crook said.
"He'd certainly be prepared for actual time in jail."
Mr Lee agreed with Snr Const submissions that a jail term was appropriate for Kemp, but said he was not prepared to see him serve time behind bars at this stage.
"I want to give you every opportunity of trying to correct yourself," he said.
The court heard that while most of the amphetamines were for personal use, Kemp had supplied a 40-year-old heroin addict with a small amount of the drug.
Kemp was sentenced to six months jail, wholly suspended for 18 months.