Ice addiction ‘menace’ took hold of plumber’s life

A TRADIE who was previously given a suspended sentence for producing ice cream has escaped time behind bars despite violating the sentence multiple times.

Joseph Neil Spijkers, 38, now living in Richlands, appeared before Ipswich district court and pleaded guilty to violating a suspended sentence.

The sentence was imposed in June 2018 after Spijkers pleaded guilty to producing a dangerous drug.

Legal assistant at the office of the director of the prosecution, Courtney Brown, said Nails had the relevant ingredients to make the medicine ice cream and the first phase was completed however, the product became liquid as a result of an unsuccessful cook.

For that crime, Spijkers was sentenced by the Ipswich District Court to a 12-month prison term suspended for two years.

In February last year, he was charged with violating that sentence with minor drug offenses.

He tested positive for driving a motorcycle in March 2019 with methylamphetamine in his system; and driving with an expired driver’s license.

As a result of that violation, the term of the suspended sentence was extended by six months.

On March 13, 2020, he was found to be drug-positive while driving, and on May 31, 2020, he was found disqualified.

On April 22, 2020, Spijkers was found in possession of dangerous drugs.

A clip-on bag in his underwear contained powder that could hold two grams of ice.

Joseph Spijkers' attorney Stephen Kissick said that ice was a threat to society and that his client was a hardworking plumber when he fell into the throes of the drug.

Joseph Spijkers’ attorney Stephen Kissick said that ice was a threat to society and that his client was a hardworking plumber when he fell into the throes of the drug.

He was sentenced to four months in prison, with an immediate two-year suspension.

Ms. Brown said his crimes reflected his ongoing fight against drug addiction.

Defense attorney Stephen Kissick, in submission to sentence, said half the suspended sentence should be activated with immediate release on parole.

“It is indicative of the grip and threat methylamphetamine can have on humans,” Kissick said.

“He was a hardworking plumber in his early thirties when he became addicted to methylamphetamine. He has had periods of relapse. “

Chief Judge Brian Devereaux SC said there were a total of four violations.

He said that while the defense claimed it was the ongoing grip of addiction, his insult showed a disregard for court orders.

He noted that Spijkers was employed and highly regarded by his employer.

Spijkers was sentenced to 12 months in prison with immediate parole.

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