'They become a burden on their families because of drug use'
A JUDGE has given a Stanthorpe man a strong insight into reality and spoken about his experience of seeing drugs causing psychotic episodes after the man pleaded guilty to multiple counts of supplying drugs.
Judge David Reid told Matthew Scott Aurisch when he appeared in Warwick District Court this week that no drugs were safe.
"Every day when I'm in court in the criminal jurisdiction I see the devastating affects of drug use," Judge Reid said.
"I know personally children, even through marijuana use, who have developed psychotic episodes.
"They become a burden on their families all because of drug use and all because people supply drugs to them."
Aurisch pleaded guilty to two counts of supplying dangerous drugs, involving MDMA pills, as well as two further counts of supplying marijuana.
Crown Prosecutor Chontelle Farnsworth told the court Aurisch, 19, was helping police with another matter when officers discovered messages on his phone related to drug supply.
Ms Farnsworth said Aurisch admitted to dealing the MDMA pills, but the marijuana charges related to agreements to supply the drugs.
"The affects that schedule one drugs have on users is well known and it's imperative that the sentence imposed addresses deterrence," Ms Farnsworth said.
Lawyer Stephen Kissick urged Judge Reid to consider Aurisch's young age, 'unblemished' criminal history and a 'major health scare' he suffered.
Mr Kissick said Aurisch had been diagnosed with an aggressive infection when he was in Year 11, which eats away at bone and tissue and left him half-deaf.
"He was unable to continue with his bricklaying apprenticeship, he was 12 months re-cooperating," Mr Kissick said.
"He began to mix with people he hadn't mixed with before and dabble with drugs."
But Mr Kissick said Aurisch, who still technically lived at home at Stanthorpe but was working at Mundubbera, finished school last year, had secured full-time employment and stopped using drugs.
During sentencing, Judge Reid noted Aurisch's efforts to develop a more positive outlook and resolved to give him probation.
Aurisch was ordered to serve 18 months' probation and no conviction was recorded.
"I'm backing you that you're not going to come back here," Judge Reid said.