Man who hid drugs in underwear jailed after plea rejected

A MAN who hid drugs in his underwear during a police raid has told Maryborough Supreme Court he fears an assault in jail could kill him because of his congenital heart defect.

As he was sentenced to 18 months in prison, Troy Donald Trautmann, 32, turned away from Justice Peter Applegarth and started sobbing as emotion overcame him.

The court was told he had suffered severe heart problems since he was five years old and an assault in prison could kill him.

Police raided Trautmann's home in July last year and found more than three grams of methamphetamine in his underwear along with 10 ecstasy tablets.

Cannabis was also found in the master bedroom and kitchen of the home.

The court heard Trautmann was co-operative as police searched his home and told them the drugs were for "personal use".

Appearing on behalf of Trautmann, defence barrister Catherine Morgan said her client had a congenital heart problem which would considerably reduce his life expectancy.

When he was five, he had a pacemaker installed which had needed to be replaced in 2009.

Then in 2012, Trautmann was involved in a horrific motorcycle crash that almost cost him his life.

His pacemaker was dislodged and he required open heart surgery which saw him die on the table before he was revived.

Ms Morgan said an assault which injured Trautmann's chest wall could kill him and going to jail would put him at risk.

She said Trautmann's time in jail would also affect him more than a healthy prisoner.

In addition, he also suffered from depression and anxiety, Ms Morgan said.

Justice Applegarth said that if Trautmann was concerned about his heart, he needed to stop doing drugs.

"It is breathtaking that someone in such a fragile state of health would endanger themselves this way," he said.

In consideration of his severe health problems, Justice Applegarth said Trautmann would be released on parole after four months.

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