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Mitchell man vows to become role model

A 29-YEAR-OLD Maranoa man told a Toowoomba court he wanted to get out of prison, get away from drugs and be a role model for his children.

William Martin Nixon spent 95 days in custody before he appeared by video link from prison to plead guilty in Toowoomba Magistrates Court to 25 offences, ranging from unlawful use of vehicles, disqualified driving, burglary to breaching court orders.

His solicitor, Amber Acreman, said her client had turned to drug use and offending after separating last year from his partner of 14 years, with whom he had five children. Since being in custody her client had been "clean and sober”, had put on weight and, upon his release, intended to return to Mitchell where he had a job waiting.

The court heard among Nixon's offences, he and mates took a car from Toowoomba which they drove to Brisbane where they stole a marked Logan City Council truck and drove back to Toowoomba on December 15. Nixon also walked out of a Toowoomba liquor store with more than $1000 of alcohol in a trolley.

He told Magistrate Kay Ryan that he intended turning around his life.

"I must say I'm really ashamed of my behaviour while I was under the influence of drugs,” he said.

"I want to be a role model for my children, your honour.”

Ms Ryan told Nixon that his intentions were admirable but warned him of the difficulties he would face when was back in the community and urged him to take advantage of the help offered to rehabilitate.

Magistrate Ryan sentenced Nixon to nine months in jail but declared the time already spent in custody to be sufficient and ordered he be released immediately on parole.

Nixon was ordered to make restitution of $1534.40, which was referred to SPER.

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