Mums in court over needle incident

TWO Allora sisters appeared in Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday after a policeman suffered a needle-stick injury during a raid at an Allora residence earlier this month.

Leah Michelle Conquest, 42, and her sibling Gina Maree McKenzie, 39, pleaded guilty to six charges between them, including failing to dispose of a needle and possessing dangerous drugs and utensils.

The court heard police executed a search warrant on the Neale Ave property at 11am on June 3, where they found illicit items, including marijuana, a water pipe, a glass bowl and scissors.

During the search a police officer placed his hand in an item of clothing when he was stuck with a needle, which McKenzie admitted to using to inject amphetamines two years earlier.

The court heard the mother of one had been co-operative with police and voluntarily consented to a blood screening test following the officer’s injury that morning.

Defence counsel for McKenzie said his client had no drug history but used marijuana because she was a cancer sufferer and to give her the energy to take care of her son.

He said McKenzie warned police needles were in the clothing but one seemed to have come out of the bag, sticking the policeman.

Police found about 1gm of marijuana in co-accused Conquest’s purse during the search and it was heard Conquest made full admissions, conceding the drug was hers and was for her own personal use.

The court heard Conquest – a mother of five – had been in court for drug offences previously, appearing about once every two years.

Magistrate Anne Thacker issued McKenzie with a $1000 fine, with no conviction recorded and Conquest was ordered to pay a $400 fine and a conviction was recorded.

The court heard the policeman has not yet received the results from tests following the needle injury and it was expected to take “some time”.



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