Would-be soldier’s ice addiction ends in tears

A YOUNG Ipswich man's dream of serving his country could be in tatters thanks to a $1000 a week ice addiction.

Samuel Donovan Taylor thought his life was on track when the Australian Defence Force offered him a job in 2013.

But a severe illness delayed the labourer's ADF entry by 12 months.

At the start of 2014, Taylor's beloved stepfather died of a heart attack and another bout of sickness meant his army entry was again put off.

By year's end, Taylor was unemployed and spending $1000 a week on methamphetamine.

Broke and desperate, the former Toowoomba man decided selling drugs was the only way forward.

On Friday, the repercussions of his five-week street-level trafficking career hit home as the 22-year-old pleaded guilty to six drug-related offences in Brisbane Supreme Court.

Taylor shook and cried as Justice Martin Daubney CORRECT told the defendant he would suspend his two-year prison term for three years.

The court heard that on February 6, police went to see Taylor about why he was still living at a Lowood property he had been evicted from a few days earlier.

On the table in the house, police saw a clip seal bag containing a crystal substance that eventually tested positive to methamphetamine.

Officers also unearthed marijuana; utensils used to prepare the drugs for sale; $475; and a mobile phone with text messages indicating Taylor had sold more than $4000 worth of the drugs to about 25 people between January 1, 2015 and February 7, 2015.

In a letter to the court, Taylor's mother described her son's spiral into drug addiction

"Unfortunate events took their toll on Sam and regrettably he turned to illicit drugs.

"He said they dulled the pain

"Then before he knew it he was in way over his head.

"His car was repossessed, he was evicted from his rental and he was homeless - living in storage shed, selling a small amount of drugs to support his habit and to feed himself

In sentencing Taylor, Justice Daubney said he was satisfied the young man was so contrite that it was unlikely he would risk re-offending.

Taylor's entry into the ADF could now be restricted due to convictions on his record. - APN NEWSDESK

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