Man turns to drugs after horror skydiving mishap
A BOORAL man turned to marijuana for pain relief after he was seriously injured in a skydiving accident.
Leon John Adams, 41, pleaded guilty to one count of producing dangerous drugs when he appeared before Maryborough Supreme Court on Monday.
Crown prosecutor Caroline Marco told the court police officers visited Adams' home in relation to another matter when they found four marijuana plants in a shed.
The set-up was described as "not unsophisticated", with the plants being grown under florescent lights, with an exhaust fan and ventilation system.
Defence barrister Catherine Morgan said before the skydiving accident, Adams had been a hard worker.
He was a plumber, drainer and gas fitter by trade who had worked on Fraser Island.
In addition to that, he had skippered the barge to the island and ran his own successful business.
All that changed in April last year.
Adams, who is married with two children, was parachuting to the ground when his equipment failed.
He had to change course quickly to avoid colliding with other skydivers.
When he hit the ground, he suffered serious spinal injuries and broke his femur, Ms Morgan said.
He was placed on strong pain killers and became dependent on them, visiting Bridges Health and Community Care to address his addiction.
Over the years, Adams had used marijuana.
In the aftermath of the accident, wanting to stop using pain killers, he found marijuana relaxed the muscles in his back, Ms Morgan said.
The plants discovered by police had not matured but were intended for his own use, she said.
The injuries he suffered prevented him from working and would for quite some time, she said.
Judge Ann Lyons said she accepted Adams was in a serious amount of pain.
He was fined $2500 and a conviction was recorded.