Bunbury man receives jail time for string of offences

A 33-year-old man will spend the next 14 months behind bars over a string of offences between April and December last year. 

Attending Bunbury Magistrates Court via custody on Thursday, March 7, Daniel John Madoc Hilder admitted to five counts of unlawfully attempting to communicate with a prisoner and two counts of possessing a prohibited drug. 

He also pleaded guilty to one count of driving with a suspended licence, possessing drug paraphernalia, selling methamphetamine, reckless driving to escape pursuit by police, failing to comply with a direction to stop by police, and using a mobile phone behind the wheel.

Police prosecutor sergeant Darren Clifton told the court Hilder was seen driving a Holden GTS sedan in Carey Park around 4.30pm on May 3, 2018. 

Hilder sped through Carey Park while attempting to escape from police. He drove at 100 kilometres per hour in a 60km zone, before moving onto the incorrect side of the road. 

He then exceeded the speed limit whilst travelling on South Western Highway.

Police later pursued Hilder on Ferguson Road, Dardanup. He was spotted travelling 45km over the speed limit, whilst overtaking other cars on the road. 

Hilder was found to be driving with a suspended licence.

Interviewed by police, Hilder said he had no recollection of the incident and was in the eastern states at the time of the incident.

Around 5.30pm on June 12, Hilder was caught selling 3.5 grams of meth to another person on Hamersley Drive, Carey Park. 

On December 18, the Gang Crime Squad searched Hilder's home on Timperley Road, South Bunbury.

Police found drug paraphernalia, 20 grams of cannabis, and methamphetamine on the premises. 

On a separate occasion, Hilder sent text messages to his brother - an inmate at Bunbury Regional Prison.

Hilder was found to have breached multiple suspended sentences, handed down in 2017. 

The defence said Hilder, on June 12, had sold meth to a police informant during a South West police operation but explained it was an "isolated incident".

The defence said Hilder had "lost the plot" and relapsed into drug use last year, following a messy break-up.

Hilder acknowledged he had put other people's lives at risk by attempting to escape from police.

The defence said his client was a skilled employee and a father to a three-year-old girl.

Hilder is currently studying and undergoing rehabilitation.

Magistrate Belinda Coleman took the seriousness of the offences and Hilder's personal circumstances into account whilst handing down the sentence.

He was sentenced to 14 months in jail, backdated to December 2018, and made eligible or parole after seven months.

Hilder was also fined $1900, while an order for the destruction of the drugs was granted. 

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