Couple weeps for kids

CONVICTED drug dealers and former Grafton residents Brett Wicks and wife Tristen Davenport wept for their three children during a sentencing submission in Newcastle District Court on Thursday.

During the submissions, Wicks described speed or methylamphetamine as a “greedy drug” and admits he was living a “big, fake lifestyle”, according to an ABC report.

The couple cried when describing the impact going to jail would have on their three children.

Last year Mr Wicks and Ms Davenport pleaded guilty to supplying the drug.

The pair looked surprised when Judge Ralph Coolahan refused bail ahead of their sentencing on April 13, according to the report.

Mr Wicks is the brother of former Newcastle Knights league player Danny Wicks, who has also pleaded guilty to drug dealing.

Danny Wicks’s sentencing hearing is set down for May 3.

During submissions yesterday, Brett Wicks explained that since the drug charges, nothing in Grafton had been the same, the Newcastle Herald reported.

“You used to be able to go around town with your head held high but now people look at you and talk about you behind your back,” Brett Wicks told the court.

He told the court an amphetamine habit to get through night shifts at work had quickly expanded to drug use at parties, where he could use up to six grams of the drug in a 12-hour period, according to the report.

Wicks and Davenport held hands in the court dock during the sentencing proceedings.

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