After his release from prison in September last year, Ishiah Nathan Carlyon had moved in with his mother in Ipswich to remove himself from associates in Toowoomba, his solicitor Alysha Jacobsen told Toowoomba Magistrates Court.
Her client had been doing well on parole in Ipswich where he had a two-year-old daughter who lived with her mother, she said.
However, unfortunately for the law abiding Ipswich resident, he had bumped into an “old friend” from Toowoomba at an Ipswich railway station and he had been offered drugs.
“He gets into trouble when he uses drugs,” Ms Jacobsen said of her client.
After accepting the drugs from the “old friend”, Carlyon had reverted to old habits and on New Year’s Day had driven away in a car stolen from a Harristown address about 6.30pm.
He had also used a stolen credit card to obtain food and other items that day and he had been driving while unlicensed, the court heard.
While driving that evening he had come across a police patrol and had at first attempted to drive away but was stopped and taken in custody.
He had spent the ensuing 30 days in custody before appearing by video link from Woodford Correctional Centre to plead guilty before the court to charges of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, receiving tainted property and two counts of fraud by use of the credit card.
Ms Jacobsen said because her client had done so well with the support offered him while on parole, she asked that he be given a lengthy period of parole so he would have that support upon his release.
Her client intended moving back to Ipswich and staying away from “old friends” in Toowoomba, she said.
Magistrate Graham Lee declared the 30 days of custody as time served and sentenced Carlyon to 14 months in jail but ordered he be released on parole immediately.
Carlyon was disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver’s licence for four months and ordered to pay $34 restitution.