Assault victim turns to drug dealing

THE trauma and grief of being an assault victim and losing a partner in an accident set a Coffs Harbour woman on a path to drugs.

Katherine Valerie Baff, 27, became a poly-substance user and ended up with drug-induced schizophrenia and bi-polar.

On Thursday, she faced Brisbane Supreme Court for her involvement in a commercial drug operation, through collecting large parcels of cash on the Gold Coast, and supplying methamphetamines to her friends.

Defence barrister Damian Walsh said his client found herself in abusive relationships and ended up with low self-esteem and health problems through her drug use.

But he said she was now undergoing counselling and other therapies.

Mr Walsh handed up the results of 19 urine tests between February last year and September this year to show she was free from drugs.

Justice Peter Lyons said Baff was on the path to rehabilitation and had returned to live with her family, including her seven-year-old daughter, in NSW.

He ordered Baff to complete two years of probation.



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