Mine accident double amputee jailed over selling meth

Double amputee Bevan Coutts, who lost his legs in a mining accident in 2011, has received a two year jail sentence for selling meth to an undercover policeman.

Coutts, 52, dealt more than 13g of meth, at up to 80 per cent purity, over two occasions in 2015.

He was sentenced to two years and one month in jail and can apply for parole after serving half the term.

Coutts lost his legs during an accident at an FMG owned Port Hedland iron ore facility when, as he was helping remove a gearbox from a train unloader indexer, he got caught between the 14 tonne indexer arm and a steel structure.

One of his legs was immediately severed in the accident and the other badly crushed. Both had to be amputated below the knee, and he now wears prosthetics and suffers other health issues.

FMG subsidiary The Pilbara Infrastructure (TPI) was fined $50,000 over the incident.

The WA District Court heard on one instance he met with the undercover police through a third party, saying he would deal with him directly in future, the AAP reports.

He had been an intermediary for a mid-tier drug dealer and instead of money, received meth for his involvement.

Presiding Judge Schoombee said Coutts still played a key role in the incident, despite the top drug dealing not wanting to ‘get his hands dirty’.

She acknowledged his serious injury but said he bought a house, vacant property and a car after his payout; deeming it unnecessary for him to be involved in selling drugs.

“At the end of the day, people often commit crimes…to pay for their methylamphetamine habit, then other people are affected by those crimes,” she said.

Coutts has previously plead guilty to on count of possessing meth, and was found guilty on another count.

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