News

Motocross star's fall from grace

FROM sliding across tracks to sliding into drug addiction, a rising motocross star has narrowly avoided sliding into jail.

Ipswich man Shaun Redhead, 21, was perched on the edge of motocross stardom but turned to dealing marijuana and methylamphetamine.

As a teen Redhead netted state and national titles on his 250cc four-stroke Yamaha, but in more recent years has struggled to hold a licence to drive on the road, with it revoked for lengthy periods.

He pleaded guilty in Brisbane Supreme Court on Wednesday to an array of drug-related charges, including selling drugs to his friends.

Police searched Redhead's home in late 2014 and found drugs, marijuana seeds and implements.

They also found a mobile phone that indicated he had been selling drugs for about 12 months.

Redhead estimated to police he made about $30,000 of sales in that time with street level dealing, selling a few hundred dollars worth each week.

He also pleaded guilty to breaking into a property at the end of 2014 where police found his fingerprints and footprints.

But Redhead told Justice Ann Lyons: "I'm changed, and I'm trying to change my life".

Redhead's defence counsel told the court his client had good intellectual capacity and strong motivation and had embraced support from family and friends in the racing community since being charged.

He said Redhead had undergone several months of a drug rehabilitation program, was living with his mother and working for a pest control service and had taken several urine tests to demonstrate he was now drug-free.

The lawyer said Redhead had been drug-free for two years.

The court heard Redhead had been offered full-time employment in the motorcycle industry by a person who himself had been offered a second chance of a job to turn his life around.

Justice Lyons did not send Redhead into custody but gave him a four-year suspended jail term.

He must complete four years of probation. 

Topics:  drugs, editors picks, ipswich, motocross, shaun redhead


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Songs, memories and glee

ANNUAL GIG: The Bribie Gleemen are set for their annual show tomorrow midday.

Songs, memories and glee

Bribie kids take in sustainability

WORKSHOP: Bribie Island State (primary) School will host a unique permaculture workshop .

Bribie kids take in sustainability

Orphans of Watoto share their stories through music

The Watoto Choir performed at RSL Care Fernhill Retirement Community on Wedensday  as part of its tour of Australia.

The Watoto Choir performed at Fernhill Retirement Community Care.

Local Partners

Rare limb deficiency means baby needs overseas surgery to walk

Baby Dylan was born with bilateral fibular hemimelia, a rare limb deficiency in which she is missing the fibula bones in both her legs.

Car engulfed by flames in Morayfield

No one was hurt at the scene of a burnt-out car near Morayfield State School on Thursday September 29.

"I thought the school was on fire.”

Songs, memories and glee

ANNUAL GIG: The Bribie Gleemen are set for their annual show tomorrow midday.

Songs, memories and glee

Bribie kids take in sustainability

WORKSHOP: Bribie Island State (primary) School will host a unique permaculture workshop .

Bribie kids take in sustainability

Orphans of Watoto share their stories through music

The Watoto Choir performed at RSL Care Fernhill Retirement Community on Wedensday  as part of its tour of Australia.

The Watoto Choir performed at Fernhill Retirement Community Care.

Teen girl goes missing in Burpengary

Police are seeking public assistance to help locate a 14-year-old girl reported missing from Burpengary.

The girl was last seen around 9.15am at an address in Hedges Avenue.

Beachmere's Steiner School to relocate

STEINER SCHOOL: The Steiner School's board member Francis Klugman, chairman Hugh Thompson, and principal Chris Jack in one of the current classrooms at the school.

Moreton Bay Birali Steiner School principal Chris Jack said the new

Caboolture's Gymbaroo focuses on creating clever little kids

EARLY LEARNING: After two-and-a-half year old Alex flourished in GymbaROO, a program focused on advancing early development through play, his mum Penelope decided to start up a local group.

Alex's mum Penelope is on the cusp of opening her own Gymbaroo group

Classic car auction draws buyers from US, Dubai

"He wants everyone to enjoy the cars, the collection got too big'

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie 'working on custody agreement'

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are thrashing out a custody agreement

10 of the worst wedding day disasters

Getting hitched without a hitch. That's the aim, right?

Trump's comments make light of statutory rape

Trevor Noah has gone to town on Donald Trump's sexism

Forza Horizon 3 review: Australia's never looked so good

Fancy racing a freight train?

Byron Bay, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Twelve Apostles feature

Tommy goes home in emotional Bachelorette episode

The Bachelorette contestant Tommy Saggus.

BRISBANE bachelor hopes show will give him more confidence.

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.