Magistrate praises woman’s efforts to beat addiction
A 32-year-old woman battling a decade-long amphetamine addiction has been told by a Geraldton Magistrate she should be proud of her efforts to stop using drugs.
The woman pleaded guilty to two counts of assaulting a public officer when she appeared in Geraldton Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
The court was told how she had battled a drug addiction for the past 15 years, but had ceased using since being charged over an incident on November 19 last year.
Police had been responding to reports of a domestic incident in Rangeway when she assaulted two officers — striking one in the leg and hitting another with a car door.
She was taken back to the Geraldton Police Station where she was later charged.
The court was told since the incident, the woman had engaged with community alcohol and drug counselling services and had stopped using amphetamines.
In one of her sessions, the woman told the counsellor she was seeing the positives of being clean.
Magistrate Donna Webb said she should be proud of her efforts. “I can understand why you and your parents are so proud . . . it’s an enormous achievement,” she said.
Ms Webb sentenced her to a ninemonth intensive supervision order to allow her to continue treatment.
“There are several great services out there — the Red Dust Program has had some incredibly positive feedback,” she said.