Ice addict found hiding in bin after surfboard attack
A COAST man has been freed from prison after facing punishment for an extraordinary drug-fuelled assault.
Thomas William Spencer Lowe, 21, bashed a man with a surfboard during an incident at Moffat Beach about 7.40pm on August 31 last year.
Spencer also unsuccessfully attempted to steal a car.
Police arrested him after he was found hiding in an industrial bin at a nearby resort.
He appeared in Maroochydore Magistrates Court via video link from Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre on Wednesday.
Defence lawyer Ben Rynderman said his client had been addicted to the drug ice for about five years in the lead-up to last year's incident.
Mr Rynderman said Lowe had been prescribed anti-psychotic medication since being admitted to Nambour General Hospital on Christmas Eve in 2014 on an involuntary treatment order.
He said Lowe was not taking his medication at the time of the drug-fuelled assault.
Magistrate Annette Hennessy said those factors went some way to explaining the "extraordinary” factual circumstances of the Moffat Beach assault.
She took into account the 280 days Lowe had already spent in custody awaiting sentence.
Lowe was jailed for 12 months, released immediately on parole after the nine months and 10 days already served were taken into account.
He was also ordered to pay $200 restitution for pain and suffering.