Rebecca Ann Fennessy pleaded guilty to 18 counts of supplying cocaine and MDMA.
Rebecca Ann Fennessy pleaded guilty to 18 counts of supplying cocaine and MDMA. Fleur Stone

Woman gave drugs to her mum's friends

A 33-YEAR-OLD woman has narrowly avoided jail time after pleading guilty to 18 counts of supplying cocaine and MDMA.

On one of those occasions, Rebecca Ann Fennessy, who owns a small business in Airlie Beach, supplied an eight-ball of cocaine (3.5 grams) with a value of about $1300.

In the District Court in Mackay yesterday, Judge Deborah Richards said it was "extraordinary" that a large amount of the supply had been to Fennessy's mother's friends.

Defence barrister Scott McLennan said at the time of offending in early 2015, Fennessy had been upset over the end of a relationship she'd been in since high school.

He said she'd felt she'd missed out on "lost youth" and started partying and using drugs.

Mr McLennan said there had been no commercial element to Fennessy's supplying drugs.

He said Fennessy was in a new relationship and had given birth to a daughter in February.

Judge Richards said it didn't speak well of Fennessy's "character" that she'd had a baby prior to being sentenced.

"The fact that she's irresponsible enough to have a child while she's facing 18 supplies doesn't really give me much comfort," she said.

She said the total amount of drugs supplied had been 14.5 grams of cocaine and not a significant amount of MDMA.

The judge said her initial reaction had been to sentence the woman to actual jail time, but said she had taken into account that fact the she was breastfeeding.

She said a large number of references showed the woman was "highly regarded" in the community.

Fennessy was sentenced to two years' prison and released on parole immediately, on the condition she submit to random urine testing.

She was also ordered to complete 240 hours of community service.



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