Police informant targeted by other prisoners

A FORMER Hervey Bay man who came clean with police about his involvement in a Fraser Coast drug syndicate has been continuously assaulted in jail because he's now known as a police informant.

Phillip Steven McDonald, 25, will be behind bars until February next year after being sentenced for seven counts of supplying drugs in the Hervey Bay area, including meth, amphetamine, marijuana and morphine.

During his sentence hearing at Brisbane District Court on Friday, the court heard McDonald had become known as a police informant and had been suffering because of it.

His defence barrister Laurence Barnes said his client came clean about his involvement in the operation when police caught him.

Mr Barnes said McDonald, who now lives in Central Queensland, had been regularly assaulted and the target of ongoing abuse.

McDonald has been in jail for other offences since these charges and was almost immediately assaulted when he arrived at jail at Rockhampton.

Mr Barnes also told the court McDonald had been moved to various jails in Queensland, including Cairns, where he was also a target and moved to a confined area for six weeks, and then jail in Townsville.

"Any period of incarceration he will undoubtedly serve in quite a hard manner," Mr Barnes said.

Prosecutor Sam Bain said the information McDonald provided to police was mostly information they already knew.

The police operation that uncovered McDonald targeted two other people in the drug syndicate operating in the Hervey Bay area.

The court heard McDonald was the "middle man" and sold amounts of meth, ranging from about 1-4g to others who would then sell them to customers.

He also sold an unknown amount of marijuana and morphine on two separate occasions.

Mr Barnes said his life started going wrong when he was 14 years old and that he was heavily dependent on marijuana by the time he was 21 years old.

Judge Brian Devereaux said McDonald had a terrible criminal history and that his criminal activity supported his drug habits.

Judge Devereaux said he was concerned McDonald was being subjected to violence in custody and took that into account when sentencing him.

McDonald was sentenced to two and a half years in jail and will be released on parole in February next year.