CHARGED: A man faced Kingaroy Magistrates Court on 10 drug-related charges.
CHARGED: A man faced Kingaroy Magistrates Court on 10 drug-related charges. Bill North

Drug use escalates after partner's suicide attempt

WHEN the mother of his children burnt down the family home in a suicide attempt, Kai Pilsbury's marijuana use increased dramatically.

Following the incident, Pilsbury returned from Victorian to his mum in the South Burnett with his two boys, 9, and 10, but has not seen his three daughters in the two years since.

Pilsbury pleaded guilty to 10 drug-related charges in Kingaroy Magistrates Court on May 8, including producing dangerous drugs.

Magistrate Louisa Pink said a sophisticated hydroponic system with a black tent, exhaust fan and 21 milk bottles for a water system was was set up in Pilbury's bedroom.

"There were 10 plants growing in eight pots up to 70cm in height," Ms Pink said.

Defence lawyer Chris Campbell said Pilsbury, 39, was a long-time marijuana smoker, producing drugs for himself and supplying them to his friends.

"The supply charges are all based on Facebook messages that appear for supplying in relatively small amounts to three people," Ms Pink said.

"It is illegal, you know it is illegal, and as long as you continue to use it you expose yourself to the risk of increased penalties and potentially imprisonment."

Pilsbury ,who had no previous criminal or traffic convictions, was sentenced to 15 months on probation.

For drug driving, Pilsbury was disqualified from driving for three months as a provisional driver.

No conviction was recorded and all forfeited items were seized.