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Dad 'cooked meth while children slept'

A BUNDABERG South man cooked methyl amphetamine while two of his children slept in the bedroom next door, a Bundaberg court heard yesterday.

Bruce Raymond Hines, 41, of Boundary St, did not enter a plea when he appeared on 12 charges including endangering children by exposure, producing and possessing dangerous drugs and possessing utensils.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Fiona Ward said when police raided the property on Saturday, they found chemicals used in making meth amphetamine and three children aged 13, 3 and 2.

Snr Const Ward said Hines was the father of the two younger children and all the children lived with Hines in the Bundaberg South home.

She said three men were arrested and one of the men told police he was an amphetamine addict and admitted to helping Hines "cook" the drugs.

"(The defendant) said they cooked (the drugs) in the kitchen which is next to the children's room," she said.

"It took about six hours and produced about 2g."

Snr Const Ward said the cook was done while the children were sleeping.

She said Hines admitted to taking amphetamines regularly and had started to produce his own drugs about three or four months ago because he did not want to "keep giving money to drug dealers".

Defence lawyer Thomas Bray said Hines, a part-time cleaner, had lived in Bundaberg for 10 years and had not been convicted of a crime since moving to the rum city.

Mr Bray said Hines would be willing to submit to regular drug testing and report to police regularly if granted bail.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts said any bail conditions granted would have to contain very stringent terms about the testing.

She adjourned the matter until Friday so Hines was able to see if he could arrange to have regular tests through his GP.

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