Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Ice Use Led to 'Clumsy' Crime

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Ice Use Led to 'Clumsy' Crime

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Lucy Smith

lucy.smith@dailymercury.com.au

FOUR years ago, 29-year-old Mackay man Jeffrey Francis Muscat was living with his partner and their two young children, working as an operator in the mines.

This week he was sentenced at District Court Mackay for staging an armed robbery at a Caltex store in Paget.

Muscat's defence barrister Bronwyn Hartigan told the court that roughly two years ago, an old friend introduced him to the drug ice.

"It started out as social use... but very quickly it went into a full-blown drug addiction," she said.

"He says that was... because he had the money to spend on ice, earning a considerable amount of money in the mines."

Ms Hartigan told the court that daily ice use affected Muscat's relationship with his partner.

"Ultimately his drug addiction led to (their) separation," she said.

Prosecutor Matthew Hynes said Muscat took his former partner's car without her permission when he held up the Caltex petrol station on June 30. …

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