Drugs supplied to teenage girl

A MAN who gave drugs to a teenage girl during a three-month crime spree through central and north Queensland has been sentenced to three years in jail.

Robert Marcello Giardina, 44, pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court in Townsville to two counts of supplying drugs to a minor, possessing dangerous drugs, wilful damage, burglary, seven break and enter offences and two counts of stealing, which all took place between October 2009 and January 2010.

In a schedule of facts tendered to court, crown prosecutor Jessica Goldie said Giardina stole $4460.95 worth of money and property in total during his crime spree, which targeted several businesses and sporting associations in Townsville, Mackay and Sarina.

However, Ms Goldie said the most serious property offence was a burglary Giardina committed between January 9 and 14 when he broke into a home in Bridge Rd in Mackay through a rear sliding door, stealing two digital cameras, a PlayStation 2 and games.

“The sanctity of people’s homes and property should be protected by the courts when imposing an appropriate sentence,” she said.

The prosecutor said the drug offences arose after police spoke to Giardina at the Caneland Central Shopping Centre on January 14 before searching his car.

During the search, police found five grams of cannabis and, during an interview, Giardina admitted he had given some to a 16-year-old girl he knew on two occasions after meeting her at a beach.

Defence barrister Scott Geeves said his client did not offer the drugs and only handed them over after being repeatedly asked.

Mr Geeves said a psychological report showed Giardina had low intelligence which “manifests itself as a mild form of mental retardation”.

He said given Mr Giardina’s mental state, he would find it more difficult to serve a prison term than “the ordinary individual”.

Justice David North said given Giardina’s extensive criminal history, the extent of his offending and the fact he committed the offences while on probation, there was little working in his favour.

He sentenced Giardina to three years in prison, to be released on parole on July 29 next year.

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