Justin Michael Clarke, who is facing drugs charges, had his bail application granted on Friday.
Justin Michael Clarke, who is facing drugs charges, had his bail application granted on Friday.

‘Career villain’ to have go at ‘less villainous existence’

A father with an "appalling criminal history" has been released on bail, despite a magistrate saying it is very likely he will reoffend.

Justin Michael Clarke, 37, applied for bail by video link in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Friday.

Clarke is facing 11 charges, including possessing dangerous drugs.

He is yet to enter any pleas.

Police prosecutor Melissa Campbell opposed the bail application.

She said the suggested bail address, which would result in Clarke living with his mother and his daughter, would not be suitable.

"He was living with his mother at the time these (alleged) offences were committed so he's already shown that living with his mother doesn't provide him with that deterrent," she said.

"It also shows us that she's not going to be ringing us immediately to say 'oh my gosh, there's a bong in his bedroom'."

Sergeant Campbell said she couldn't get around Clarke's history.

The court heard Clarke was allegedly caught with methamphetamine, which was 3.813g in purity.

He was arrested in May, June, July and November last year on drug charges before his bail was revoked and he was jailed.

The court heard Clarke had spent 267 days in pre-sentence custody.

Clarke's lawyer Jacob Pruden said Clarke had already spent a substantial amount of time in custody.

"He has expressed an interest in rehabilitation," he said.

"He has had a lot of time in custody to detoxify.

Magistrates Matthew McLaughlin said given Clarke's history, he treated his plans to do something useful with his life with scepticism.

"But we can't lock him up forever even if he is a career villain," Mr McLaughlin said.

Mr Pruden said Clarke would have to be a "mad man" to fall into his old ways.

"He would like to have a go at living a less villainous existence," he said.

Mr McLaughlin said the chances Clarke would keep out of trouble were very low.

He told the court Clarke was charged with supplying methamphetamine in November last year which he said was the most serious of the charges.

The court heard Clarke was allegedly found with small amounts of methamphetamine, clipseal bags and almost $5000.

Mr McLaughlin said with Clarke being "a recidivist offender," if he was facing any dishonesty charges he would not be getting bail.

"He's obviously a huge risk of reoffending," he said.

"While he's got an appalling criminal history, it's really for being a thief.

"He's a career thief and occasionally a robber but he's got little history for drugs."

He released Clarke on bail.


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