Former boxing world champion Michael Katsidis says he was a “excessive functioning drug addict” earlier than being caught in a police drug raid and has vowed to show his life round.
Katsidis, 41, pleaded responsible to possessing greater than two grams of methamphetamine within the Brisbane Supreme Courtroom on Wednesday.
He was on parole for costs of perverting the course of justice on the time he was arrested as police raided the house of a convicted drug provider at Browns Plains on April 6, 2019.
Police seized 34 freezer luggage of medicine containing greater than 900 grams of a crystal substance and found Katsidis’ fingerprints on seven luggage.
Nonetheless, he couldn’t be linked to the drug provide operation, going through the only cost of possession.
In a letter to the court docket, Katsidis mentioned he’d been pressured to confront the fact of his drug habit.
“So a few years have passed by and it had introduced me up to now in my life with so many unhealthy experiences to grasp the trauma of my life turned amplified on account of my drug habit,” Mr Katsidis wrote.
“For years … I’ve thought of myself a excessive functioning addict.
“It is a been an extended wrestle and there have been a variety of traumatic occasions which have occurred in my life.
“I’ve taken the chance to raised my life with each palms.”
His bid to vary his life has additionally been backed by Melbourne Storm chairman Matthew Tripp, who gave a written reference in assist of Katsidis.
Defence barrister Wayne Tolton described the case towards the two-time former light-weight world champion as weak.
“He determined to confront his issues in his mind and undertook an amazing try to rehabilitate himself,” Mr Tolton mentioned.
The costs are the newest in a string of courtroom dramas for Katsidis, who was interim WBO world light-weight champion in 2007 and 2010.
Katsidis was beforehand fined for driving underneath the affect of medicine and in 2015 he was convicted for possessing an ice pipe.
In 2018, the previous champion was additionally charged with allegedly trying to fudge a urine evaluation check and a 12 months later he was given probation for trying to pervert the course of justice.
Katsidis claimed to endure from despair and anxiousness, and beforehand claimed he turned to medication after his brother, champion jockey Stathi Katsidis, died in 2010.
A coroner discovered Stahi, a Brisbane jockey premiership winner, had a cocktail of medicine and alcohol in his system the night time he died.
In sentencing, Justice Jean Dalson described the circumstances of Katsidis’ arrest as “most uncommon”.
Katsidis was given a lifeline as Justice Dalton sentenced him to 2 years’ jail, however ordered he be granted instant launch on parole.
Outdoors court docket, Katsidis mentioned he was delighted with the end result.
“I’m extraordinarily grateful to be in restoration, with out restoration I might not have my life again,” he mentioned.
“I’ve had a terrific profession, however now it’s actually time to show my life round and that is the course I’m going.”