'Stunningly' stupid crim drove stolen car to police station
"I JUST want to be happy, healthy and pay the bills. I am a crim, it's who I am.”
The inner workings of Jessica May Leis's mind were outlined after she pleaded guilty to charges relating to a crime spree involving perjury, drug trafficking and an orgy of theft from Yeppoon to Noosa.
Describing drug customers in messages police found, Leis spoke of treating ice users nicely at first, then "feeding them up” and "giving them a huge habit”.
That "cynical” and callous attitude was an egregious aspect of her offending, a prosecutor said on Monday.
Leis, 30, reported for police bail at Gympie in a stolen car, waged a vicious stalking campaign against her landlord starting on Christmas Day 2016, breached bail more than 50 times and perjured herself by lying to the Crime & Corruption Commission four times.
At Brisbane Supreme Court, Justice John Bond said Leis's trip to the police station in a stolen Hyundai was simply "stunning”.
Defence counsel Adrian Braithwaite said Leis, a mother of two, "was an addict throughout” the trafficking period with a hugely expensive habit.
Mr Braithwaite said Leis did not have the "trappings” of a hugely lucrative business, despite having more than 50 customers.
He said the perjuries followed a "misplaced sense of loyalty” to two men she knew.
Mr Braithwaite said the stalking happened after Leis got "an immediate request” to leave home, without much notice.
The court also heard Leis sent messages with a gun emoji implying she would hunt the landlord down.
She twice visited the landlord's home, with her boyfriend hooning outside the house and then reversing into the landlord's Toyota Camry.
Leis was also sentenced for involvement in stealing a surfboard manufacturer's Toyota HiAce at Noosa.
She and others also took a stolen Isuzu to her granny's Rockhampton funeral and on bail, she and her then-partner burgled a Yeppoon hardware store.
She pleaded guilty to dozens of charges, the most serious being drug trafficking.
Leis was sentenced to nine years' jail.
She has already spent 689 days in custody and can apply for parole on May 26, 2019. -NewsRegional