Toowoomba Courthouse Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle
Toowoomba Courthouse Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle Bev Lacey

Unemployed man travelled state looking for work - and drugs

WITH commendable dedication to rejoining the workforce, butcher Ben William Piggott travelled south and western Queensland looking for work.

Unfortunately, he was using drugs and committing offences at the same time, Toowoomba Magistrates Court has heard.

Piggott, 28, was eventually found by police in the car park of the Southern Hotel on May 5.

He had since been held in custody and appeared by prison video link to plead guilty to a range of offences including possessing "ice" and marijuana, drug driving, unlawfully using a motor vehicle, failing to stop on police direction on the Mitchell Highway near Charleville, committing "drive offs" from service stations, and failing to appear in court.

A police patrol had come across the 28-year-old pushing his car to the side of the road about 20km outside Bowen, the court heard.

A search of his car found Piggott had a large knife in the front passenger seat well.

He told police he was going pig hunting, but police weren't convinced that anyone would go pigging in a Toyota Corolla, police prosecutor Senior Constable Jessica Lynch told the court.

All offences had been committed between August 11 last year and May 5 this year and committed between Bowen and Brisbane and south-western Queensland, the court heard.

His solicitor Brad Skuse told the court his client had basically been on the run from police since a warrant was issued for his arrest on January 31.

Magistrate Kay Ryan declared 71 days pre-sentence custody and sentenced Piggott to seven months in jail but ordered he be released on parole immediately.