A 33-year-old man has been sentenced to five years jail for injuring a young child while trying to manufacture drugs in a suburban Perth house.
Mark Dennehy was attempting to manufacture methylamphetamine at a house in Bertram last year when there was an explosion that lifted part of the roof.
A young child was inside the house and suffered burns to face hands and feet, Dennehy also received similar injuries.
District Court judge Kevin Sleight said Dennehy had ignored the risks of manufacturing drugs and had selfishly exposed others including the child and emergency service workers to harm.
The court was told Dennehy was attempting to produce the methylamphetamine for his own personal use.
District Court Judge Kevin Sleight said Dennehy must have been aware of the risks of manufacturing methylamphetamine but said in court “you selfishly ignored those risks and selfishly exposed others to harm”.
Judge Sleight accepted that Dennehy was genuinely remorseful and had attempted to rehabilitate himself and had stopped using methylamphetamine.
Dennehy was one of the first people charged under strict new laws which set a mandatory 12-month minimum jail term for anyone who manufactures drugs in the presence of children.
He will have to serve three years before he can be released.