Warwick woman buys taser, did not know it was illegal
A WARWICK woman who bought a taser from a tobacconist in Brisbane had no idea they were illegal.
Christina Nichole Candise Love appeared in the Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of weapons as well as one count each of possessing dangerous drugs and utensils.
Lawyer Clare Hine said the 27-year-old had recently completed rehabilitation, after she was found with a small amount of marijuana and a bong.
It was only two days after being charged with the offences that the mother-of-four entered a detox program.
Ms Hine said Love had not previously been charged with drugs offences and had not committed a crime since 2015.
When asked by Magistrate Bevan Manthey why she had the weapon, she said it was for her own protection.
Mr Manthey said he was amazed Love was able to buy the taser in a store as they could cause harm.
"I've had these where they're used for illegal means, to disable people and tie them up,” Mr Manthey said.
"You've bought it from a tobacconist over the counter, which worries me.”
Mr Manthey said he would not give Love another fine as she already had a $4500 debt through SPER.
Instead she was sentenced to 40 hours community service.