Man jailed on 35 charges out by November
A SUNSHINE Coast man who had been on the run for eight months was arrested after being found wandering in the Brisbane CBD with a loaded shotgun in his backpack.
John Lee Kiely, 32, pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Thursday to 35 charges stemming from a crime spree across south-east Queensland between September, 2011 and October, 2012.
At the time of his offences he was on parole after serving a minimal amount of time of an eight-year jail sentence for drug-trafficking.
He breached those parole conditions twice more.
Crown Prosecutor Clare Hurley told the court Kiely went on a 14-month crime spree that involved two high-speed police pursuits through the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
She said a school bus was run off the road to avoid a head-on collision with the car Kiely was driving.
"He has been in and out of jail for the past two years due to his parole violations," she said.
"Each time he was released he committed a further offence and then remained on the run for eight months."
Ms Hurley told the court his crimes during the spree included fraud, a host of stealing and property off ences as well as weapons, drugs and motor vehicle charges.
Defence barrister John Jones told the court Kiely had the full support of his mother, stepfather and aunt who were in the court.
"His previous significant drug use resulted in his criminal activity," he said.
"His drug use was a default strategy he used to cope with anxiety and stress.
"Ultimately drugs have ruined his life up until this point."
Judge Fleur Kingham took into account Kiely had been drug free for some time and had taken significant steps toward rehabilitating himself.
She sentenced him to two years for each of the police pursuits and six months for each of the other offences and ordered them to be served concurrently.
Kiely will be eligible to apply for parole on November 13.