Court hears why 'mature' woman turned to illegal drugs
PROLAPSED back discs have been blamed for driving a 'mature' woman to turn to drugs for pain.
Bernadette Alice Kennedy today pleaded guilty to four charges at Warwick Magistrates Court, including producing and possessing dangerous drugs as well as possessing utensils and anything used in the commission of a crime.
The court heard the woman had a few marijuana seedlings and three plants.
Lawyer Sarah Campbell said Kennedy had struggled with addiction but had spoken to a doctor about the pain issues that sparked her drug use.
"She has been prescribed medication to assist with that, which will hopefully deal with that in a more appropriate manner," Mrs Campbell said.
Mrs Campbell said the 54-year-old woman had also been visiting a counsellor in Toowoomba on a regular basis.
"To her credit has taken full steps since being charged (in May)," Mrs Campbell said.
"It was for personal use and certainly she is showing some insight into that drug use and I think she would be supported by and benefit from period of probation."
While Mrs Campbell requested a period of probation for Kennedy, Magistrate Bevan Manthey said probation was used as an alternative to jail time and Kennedy's offences were not on the serious end of the scale.
"She's already getting her own help for issues that need to be addressed," Mr Manthey said.
Kennedy instead received an $800 fine.