Man jailed for injecting teen girl with meth before sex
A 39-YEAR-OLD man who injected a 16-year-old with methamphetamine before having sex with her has been jailed for supplying drugs to a minor.
Appearing in Bundaberg Supreme Court, David William Casson pleaded guilty to the single charge, committed at a Bundaberg unit in the early hours of August 13 last year.
Crown prosecutor Greg Cummings told the court Casson had only known the teenager - who was a regular ice user - for a couple of days when he bought the drugs for himself and the teenager.
"Ultimately Mr Casson had acquired two points of methamphetamine, for which he paid $100," he said.
"He was with (the teenager) in the bathroom and while she was sitting on the toilet he mixed that up in a syringe and injected them both.
"They spent time in bed together ... and ultimately that progressed to sexual intercourse."
Mr Cummings said later that morning the 16-year-old woke up disorientated and tried to call her mum but couldn't reach her.
"She made her way home on foot, her body movements were unco-ordinated, her head was rolling around and by the time she got home her mother saw that her clothes were ill-fitting and dishevelled and her breasts were not covered," he said.
Defence barrister Callan Cassidy said it was unclear why the drugs had a delayed impact on the teenager on this occasion.
"Meth messes with people's brains," Justice Roslyn Atkinson replied.
Mr Cummings said the entire episode was "extremely tragic circumstances to say the least".
Mr Cassidy went on to detail his client's equally tragic life.
The court heard Casson attended 13 different primary schools before he left school in Year 8.
The court also heard during his time in custody waiting to be sentenced, Casson's father had been diagnosed with cancer and died.
Also, boiling water had been poured over Casson's face by a fellow inmate, leaving him with just 50 per cent vision in one of his eyes.
In sentencing Casson to three months' jail, Justice Atkinson said it wasn't too late for him to get off drugs and lead the life he wanted to, rather than the one he was stuck with at the moment.
"If you can give up the drugs then it's possible in 20 years .. you can look back on (a life) you can be proud of rather than one of lost possibilities full of regrets," she said.
Casson is eligible to apply for parole immediately and will be placed on probation for two years once released.