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Dead man walking after taking 32 painkillers

Daniel Brett Qualischefski outside Ipswich Magistrates Court. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times
Daniel Brett Qualischefski outside Ipswich Magistrates Court. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times Rob Williams

A LOWOOD dad was convinced he was dead and that no one could see him after he overdosed on his partner's painkillers.

Police were called to a housing estate after they received numerous reports of a man walking up and down the street claiming to no longer be alive.

The "dead man walking" was Daniel Brett Qualischefski, a 43-year-old, who made the mistake of taking one too many back pain tablets - 32 to be exact.

The prescription medicine had belonged to Qualischefski's partner. He had taken it for recreational use.

He initially took 20 pills but after that didn't produce the desired effect he swallowed another 12.

When police arrived, Qualischefski was sitting in a gutter screaming that he was dead and no one could see him.

His loud behaviour attracted the attention of residents in the street. Officers escorted him back to his house to speak with him.

When they arrived at his home, Qualischefski stood in front of a sliding glass door - in full view of the street - and dropped his pants to expose his genitals.

He then made an indecent suggestion to a female police officer, while his partner and children were in the same room.

After failed attempts to get Qualischefski to pull up his pants and stop making lewd comments, he was placed under arrest.

He struggled against police as they put him in handcuffs and transported him to the watchhouse.

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At Ipswich Magistrates Court Qualischefski pleaded guilty to charges of wilful exposure, committing a public disturbance and obstructing police.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Brad Dick said the offences took place about 8.30pm last September 16.

Defence lawyer Dylan Hans said his client had a history of experimenting with drugs.

Mr Hans said Qualischefski had no memory of the incident and that his client would not have behaved in such a manner had he not been under the influence of drugs.

He said the disability support pensioner had been diagnosed with both depression and anxiety and had been receiving assistance from a psychologist.

Magistrate Barry Cosgrove said Qualischefski was behaving like "a self-indulgent child".

"You seem to think drugs are something to be played with - they're not," Mr Cosgrove said.

"You're bludging on the community. You take drugs, you have a good time, now you're coming before the court because in your drugged-out state you're misbehaving."

He told Qualischefski he needed to stop and think about the example he was setting for his children.

"You're experimenting with drugs, dropping your pants and making lewd suggestions to police officers in front of your kids," Mr Cosgrove said.

"Seems to me like an inappropriate person to be caring for young children."

Qualischefski was convicted and fined $1000.

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