Mag­is­trate praises woman’s ef­forts to beat ad­dic­tion

Geraldton Guardian - - News -

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.

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