Inglewood drug sentencing adjourned
THE case against a young woman involved in planting one of Australia's largest marijuana crops, worth hundreds of millions of dollars, has had a further delay.
Rosemary Gardner was listed for a one-day contested sentence hearing before Justice Roslyn Atkinson in Brisbane Supreme Court yesterday.
The date had been listed for months - to sentence her for helping her father Michael Bennett Gardner Snr produce drugs - but it has now been adjourned to a date to be fixed.
Gardner, 34, is one of nine siblings involved in helping their father run a large-scale "elaborate commercial venture" at Inglewood from 2004 until December, 2008.
Her father, 58 when he was sentenced to 13 years jail in June, organised the family to buy the 2225-hectare property because it had prime grazing land at the front which would "mask the illegal actions" in the mountainous area behind.
He recruited his young stepchildren, aged 11 to 14, to plant seedlings and tend to thousands of plants when they should have been at school.