Rockingham: man was in ‘drug-induced psychosis’, had no recollection of offences

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A MAN who suffered a methamphetamine-induced psychosis and was sent to Graylands Hospital for two weeks has described it as the ‘worst experience’ of his life.

Darryl Anthony Narrier pleaded guilty to two charges of stealing a motor vehicle, criminal damage, giving false details to police and breaching bail when he appeared at Rockingham Magistrates Court on Monday, February 19.

The prosecutor said a Holden Commodore ute stolen from a Cooloongup property on March 25, 2017 was found abandoned and DNA tested, which later positively identified Narrier.

Between May 12 and 13 another car, a Ford XR6, was taken from an address in Shoalwater and used on May 14 for burglaries.

It was involved in a pursuit where it reached speeds of 160km/h before crashing in Lesmurdie and being abandoned by the driver and passengers.

DNA testing carried out on the steering wheel again identified Narrier.

He was arrested later at a Hillman address where he gave a false name but was identified by police.

He denied any knowledge of the prior incidents.

He had also smashed a glass sliding door at his former mother-in-law’s home and had since apologised.

He was arrested on December 9 and had been remanded in custody since.

The duty lawyer said Narrier’s offences were caused by a methamphetamine addiction.

“He doesn’t remember the steal motor vehicles (charges) but accepts his DNA shows it was him,” he said.

“He has since apologised to his former mother-in-law and all the incidents were the result of drug use.

“He went into a drug-induced psychosis shortly after his arrest and was sent to Graylands for two weeks.

“He said the TV was talking to him and he thought he was going to die.

“He said it was a horrendous experience, the worst of his life.”

Magistrate Leanne Atkins said Narrier was fortunate to have good family support.

“You subjected yourself to an unpleasant experience at Graylands and you caused incredible inconvenience to the car owners,” she said.

“You say you are clean and keep off the drugs… I will place you on an order.”

He was sentenced to a seven-month suspended imprisonment order and a community based order of 12 months with programs, supervision, urine analysis and 80 hours community service.

She took into account the time he had already served in custody.

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