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Drug dealer earns extra jail time for destructive outburst

CONVICTED drug dealer Corey Aitcheson has been sentenced to a further two months jail for damaging police property during a violent outburst in the Hervey Bay watchhouse.

The 22-year-old, who was allowed immediate parole for possessing ecstasy pills at a Hervey Bay hotel, was arrested earlier this month after breaching a condition not to use drugs.

The Hervey Bay Magistrates Court heard that while in the watchhouse cell, Aitcheson began punching the cell walls. He then tore a blanket and wrapped it around his bloody hand.

Defence lawyer Trinity McGarvie said Aitcheson had called for medical attention and believed police were purposely taking their time to respond when he resorted to using the blanket.

The court heard the 22-year-old already had a lengthy criminal history and had continued to offend while on probation in the past.

Hervey Bay Magistrate Graeme Tatnell noted Aitcheson was serving a mandatory 28 days in prison for returning a positive urine test.

He said Aitcheson would be allowed parole in March and said "it is up to you whether you want to waste your life in custody".

Aitcheson was also fined a total of $850 and ordered to pay restitution to the Hervey Bay police.

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