Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Man Blames Drug for His Mistakes

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Man Blames Drug for His Mistakes

Article excerpt

AN ICE user claimed he was under the influence when he created a disturbance and abused people at a courthouse.

Billy Dean Gierke had visited Wynnum Magistrates Court in May for fare evasion, contravening a direction and creating a disturbance charges.

While at the courthouse, the Basin Pocket 21-year-old became involved in a disturbance and was ordered to leave.

As he was being led outside by police, Gierke became verbally abusive and continued his bad language even after officers told him to stop.

He was arrested and taken to the watch-house.

When Gierke appeared at Ipswich Magistrates Court this week, he pleaded guilty to seven charges.

The incident at the Wynnum Courthouse added a create a public nuisance offence to his list of charges.

He was also charged with four counts of fare evasion and a single count of possessing dangerous drugs.

Defence lawyer Cameron Hodges said his client had been struggling with the drug ice and was under the influence during the incident at the Wynnum Courthouse. …

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