SHROOMS AND WEED: A 46-year-old Dalby woman faced court on September 8, charged with several offences. Picture: File
SHROOMS AND WEED: A 46-year-old Dalby woman faced court on September 8, charged with several offences. Picture: File

Dalby mum caught with psychedelics allowed daughter to do drugs

A DALBY mum blamed her divorce for allowing her daughter to smoke drugs at home when she herself was caught with psychedelics and marijuana.

The 46-year-old woman, who can’t be named for legal reasons, faced Dalby Magistrates Court on six drug related offences, including possessing dangerous drugs, utensils, pipes, and permitting use of place for commission of a crime under the drugs misuse act.

The court heard police searched the woman’s home on July 23, and asked her if she had any items to declare.

Police prosecutor senior constable Jodie Tahana told the court the woman said there was “green” in her bedroom safe, upon which police discovered plant-like material.

“The defendant stated the plant material was marijuana that she smoked for her anxiety, and had used it that night,” she said.

“Seeds were also located in a small Nutella jar, which she keeps when she ‘gets stuff with seeds in it’.”

The bedroom safe also contained magic mushrooms, scales, two grinders, pipes, scissors, and clip seal bags used in the connection of smoking drugs.

When asked about the magic mushrooms, the court heard she had tried them, stating they weren’t “too bad”.

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The court heard in relation to the charge of permitting use of place, the woman said she knew her daughter smoked in her room, and that it was safer for her to do it at home rather than in a park.

Duty lawyer Claire Graham said her client had been going through a divorce following a 20 year relationship, with three children aged 18, 17, and 16 residing with their father following the charges.

“In relation to her daughter, she said she was perhaps more lenient than she would’ve been, having concerns her daughter would go live with her father,” she said.

“Their relationship is difficult and they kept fighting while she was trying to, in her own words, ‘deal with her own issues’.”

The court heard the woman had been engaged in a mental health plan, with no criminal history and made full admissions to police.

Four character references were tendered to the court reinforcing the defendant’s good behaviour.

Magistrate Roger Stark took into account the woman’s early plea, acknowledging she was a lady with no prior history.

She was fined $600 for all charges, with all items forfeited.

No convictions were recorded.


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