Drugs, fights wreak $17,000 destruction
A WARRING couple blame their drug fuelled fights for the $17,000 damage they wreaked on a Gladstone rental house.
In one incident they poured dirty "bong water" over each other after smoking drugs.
The couple had been issued with Notices to Evict.
But when the owners failed to get replies to their notices and texts they found the tenants had already gone.
Gladstone Magistrates Court heard the couple left behind damaged furnishings, carpets, walls and bathroom fittings - the owners left with a damages bill of $17,501.
Joshua Fields, 29, and Lisa Jane Williams, 20, appeared in custody before magistrate Jeffrey Clarke and both pleaded guilty to wilful destruction.
They also pleaded guilty to having drug utensils.
However, when court proceedings began Fields enquired via video-link from jail: "What am I going to court for?"
When reminded of the offences by prosecutor Sgt Barry Stevens, Fields simply said "OK".
Sgt Stevens said the pair rented the Clinton house in Campbell St between July and September last year and when the owners went inside discovered the damage including holes in walls.
He said Fields was arrested by police in February for not attending court on other matters after police found him hiding under a rug in a garden shed.
Fields told police he had already been to court five or six times and just "forgot about this one".
Just days before Fields had ran from police and jumped a fence to get away.
Inside the house police found homemade bongs and could smell burned cannabis.
Sgt Stevens said Williams told police a lot of damage happened while they were under the influence of drugs.
"There is no evidence to prove they deliberately did the damage when told they would be evicted," he said.
Lawyer Jun Pepito said they were both arguing in the house and at times violent.
"They agree the damage inside the house is from when they have had an argument," he said.
"She instructs she poured bong water onto him, he did the same."
Magistrate Jeffrey Clarke said it would seem their offending occurs "in the context of significant drug abuse".
"I am told it occurs largely out of frustration and anger at each other. And you take it out on the house," he said.
Mr Clarke said the damage to the house was significant but insurance had paid and the owner sought them to pay the $1000 excess which he ordered them to do.
He said Fields had run away from police "as a coward would".
Fields was jailed for six months (it includes other offences) with a Parole release date of April 15.
Williams, who had been in custody seven days, was sentenced to two years supervised Probation and released immediately.