A SUNSHINE Coast ice addicted drug dealer says time spent working for football legend Alfie Langer inspired him to cook up a career without methamphetamine when he's a free man.
Beau John Deighton, 27, told the Brisbane Supreme Court on Tuesday that he was determined to "start a new life” when he is released from jail in August.
Claiming he was a qualified chef formerly employed by Langer at Alfie's Mooo Char and Bar in Caloundra, Deighton started crying as he told Justice David Boddice he wanted to be a role model for others to admire.
"I'm very sorry for becoming the person I shouldn't be,” the tattooed Caloundra City Boxing member said before being sentenced on seven drug dealing and possession, property and driving charges.
"I've been in a dusty cell thinking about what I can do.
"I want to go on another career path.
"I'm a qualified chef.
"I worked for Alfie Langer.
"I done my full apprenticeship with him and Janine (Langer) - I'm very good friends with them.
"They do know about me - I do talk to them (but) not too much about what has happened to my life.”
In sentencing Deighton to two and a half years behind bars with a parole date of August 23, 2017, Justice Boddice took into account the defendant's triple breach of a suspended five-year prison term imposed in 2011.
The suspended sentence ended last month, a year after Deighton's latest round of offending.
"You have a significant criminal history,” Justice Boddice told the ice user.
"That criminal history is consistent with a serious drug addiction.
"If you do not change your ways you are going to spend the majority of your adult life in prison.”
Deighton was also suspended from driving for six months.
A manager at Alfie's Mooo Char and Bar confirmed Deighton had worked there but would not discuss the issue any further.
- ARM NEWSDESK
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