Woman faces drug charges

A MOORE Park Beach woman who had “gone off the rails” after she formed a relationship with another woman following her marriage break-up faced drugs charges and a breach of a domestic violence order in court last week.

The 30-year-old woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to four drug related charges, a domestic violence order breach and driving without a licence.

The court was told the woman’s downward spiral began on August 26 last year when the vehicle she was driving was pulled over for a routine check in Norville, and she was told by officers her licence had been suspended in June.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said two days later a vehicle crashed into a fence at the Coral Coast go-kart park on Bargara Road.

Officers discovered the 30-year-old was behind the wheel again.

The court was then told on September 12 the woman was charged with breaching a domestic violence order after police were called to a Torquay hotel.

The defendant had pushed the victim’s face to the floor and kicked her a few times in the head.

Three days later at Moore Park Beach, police searched the woman’s home and found tourniquets, glass bowls and syringes.

Defence lawyer Hal Ing said his client had been married at 18, had two children and was working as a lab assistant when she split with her husband.

“She formed a relationship with a female that was a catalyst into drug-taking,” he said.

Mr Ing said the 30-year-old had put herself through rehabilitation in an effort to get clean.

“She lost contact with her children ... and that is an enormous personal consequence due to her behaviour,” he said.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts sentenced the woman to 10 months probation and disqualified her from driving for three months. A conviction was not recorded.



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