Lifetime of drug related crime ends with a stint behind bars

MOVING to Gracemere was supposed to be the start of a new life for Scott Robert Parker.

But his old life of drug-related crime caught up with him.

Parker was sentenced to three years imprisonment in the Supreme Court at Rockhampton yesterday.

The court heard the Australian-born Parker had a long history of drug and alcohol abuse, which began when he started drinking shortly after his father died when he was 12 and living in New Zealand.

His moved on to cannabis in high school.

Using heroin from the age of 17, Parker nearly died from an overdose at the age of 23 when he then gave it up, instead taking up methamphetamines.

While living in Kingaroy he started selling the drug to support his own $500 to $800 a day habit.

Crown prosecutor Joshua Phillips said Parker had a large customer base while he was dealing the drug over a number of months.

Defence barrister Jeff Clarke said Parker moved his family to Central Queensland in July 2012 to give back to his family after their support of him during his drug addiction, and he had not been using drugs since the move.

Justice Duncan McMeekin said drugs had ruled Parker's life and his addiction took over the needs of others.

Describing an "appalling" history of crime from his life in New Zealand, where he lived from age five to 30, Justice McMeekin said he was taking into consideration the level of co-operation Parker had given to police, one that was rarely seen.

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