Gaoled for drug trafficking

THE father of six-week-old boy has been gaoled after being found guilty of drug trafficking, theft and possession of firearms.

Twenty-two-year-old Jesse Sandiford, Sale, faced Sale Magistrates Court last Monday where Magistrate Hill sentenced him to 18 months in gaol, with a minimum period of nine months to be served before being eligible for parole.

Sandiford was also fined $1000 for driving offences and has forfeited all the stolen goods and firearms.

Prosecutor, Senior Constable Karen McDonald, said the defendant had an addiction which he needed to admit to.

“He needs to face up to the facts that he has a major drug problem,” Senior Constable McDonald said.

Defence lawyer John Sullivan said the defendant had “possible mental issues”, his prospects for rehabilitation were good and that he should be eligible for parole after nine months as his potential mental health issues could be aggravated by his time in prison.

He added the support of his family, in particular his partner and child, increased his prospects of rehabilitation.

However the prosecutor demanded a longer gaol term, arguing Sandiford had been given several chances before, which had not proven successful.

“Your honour he has had suspended sentences which haven’t worked,” Senior Constable McDonald said.

She said previous community based orders had not changed his behaviour, and he had committed all of these crimes while on parole.

The defence argued there was a “clear indication of remorse”, and when he was caught, he had admitted guilt.

While passing sentence, Magistrate Hill said he accepted Sandiford was remorseful, but added that his behaviour under the influence of drugs made him dangerous.

He said Sandiford’s addiction to meth-amphetamines and his behaviour in relation to driving endangered others on the road.

He told the accused he had the support of his family, the responsibility of fatherhood and had been given opportunities to rehabilitate, yet he had thrown all that away.

Magistrate Hill said amphetamines seemed to ‘radically’ change Sandiford and under the influence “you seem to think you’re ‘invincible”, where nothing matters except satisfying those desires.”

Magistrate Hill said Sandiford, because his age, had good prospects for rehabilitation and granted him eligibility for parole after serving nine months in gaol.