Drug addicted Dalby mum: ‘I want to make my daughter proud of me’
A DRUG addicted Dalby mother had trouble holding back tears as she pleaded with Magistrate Tracy Mossop to not record a conviction.
Bernadette Anne Baber’s eyes darted across the courtroom as police prosecutor senior constable Jodie Tahana recalled the events of December 4.
“At 11am on the defence date, police executed a search warrant at the defendants home where she was present,” Const Tahana said.
“Police found a chop bowl containing cannabis and a water pipe.
“On further inspection of the property police found uncapped needles spread throughout the property.”
Baber’s duty lawyer Claire Graham told the court the single mother had just celebrated her 12th day sober and was trying to get her life on track.
“My client has a 16-year-old daughter and is now in a position to seek employment for the first time in a long time,” Ms Graham said.
“She has instructed me that she has bought cleaning equipment and hopes to gain employment in the mines.”
The 46-year-old began to tear up before she told the court she wanted to make her daughter proud.
“I am not proud of my past,”Baber said.
“I have been awarded a medal for my work at the SES, I’m an active member of the community seeking a fresh start.”
Baber pleaded guilty to three counts of drug related charges before she was fined $600.
A conviction was recorded.