Accused drug dealer breaks down when refused bail

ACCUSED of burglary and being part of a Gladstone drug ring, Paul Michael Simpson broke down in court when he learned he would not be released on bail.

Mr Simpson, 30, is facing 25 charges including supplying dangerous drugs, burglary and robbery.

He applied for bail in Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday where he told the court he was drug-free for the first time in years.

He said jail had been a "blessing in disguise” because it made him kick his habit.

The court heard police recorded conversations with Mr Simpson about supplying drugs. Mr Simpson allegedly later supplied meth to a police investigator.

Mr Simpson said he had made a lot of progress in jail but did not believe it would help him rehabilitate in the long term.

"There's nothing else I can do to rehabilitate myself while on remand and if (a trial is) 12-18 months away, that's a long time,” he said.

Justice Sue Brown said Mr Simpson needed to get into a rehabilitation facility to ensure he got off drugs.

Mr Simpson said he had spoken to drug counsellors but had not been able to find a rehab facility that would accept him straight out of jail.

"I have no doubt that (Mr Simpson) is very genuine to put his best life back on track,” Justice Brown said.

But she said without the guarantee he would attend rehab, the risk of him returning to crime was too great and she denied bail.

Mr Simpson, who appeared in court on video link-up from jail, hung his head in his hands when Justice Brown made her decision.

"It's just heartbreaking, your honour,” he said.



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