Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

'Ice' Leads to Crime Spree

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

'Ice' Leads to Crime Spree

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Byline: Peter Hardwick peter.hardwick@thechronicle.com.au

ICE addiction had driven a man with relatively no criminal history into a five-month crime spree, Toowoomba Magistrates Court has been told.

Lachlan John Swain pleaded guilty to 32 charges including burglaries, unlawfully using motor vehicles, receiving stolen property, stealing, fraud by using stolen bank cards to acquire property and, ironically, just one charge of possessing meth.

Most seriously was an incident in which the 22-year-old had entered a Newtown residence in the early hours of the morning when the woman occupant was asleep in bed, police prosecutor Sergeant Mike Robinson told the court.

Swain had fled the home when, after opening the bedroom door, the woman woke, the court heard.

Swain's lawyer Kevin Rose told the court his client had spent 47 days in custody after his arrest in October which had been a wake-up call for him.

That being his first time in custody, his client had been scared straight and had rehabilitated himself from drug use and had since his release moved to Sarina where he was working at his grandparents' motel and getting his life back on track, he said. …

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