Next stop prison
Repeat offender scolded for thumbing nose at law:
“THE only thing that will be waiting is prison, prison, prison. Get it through your thick head.”
This was Magistrate Gary Finger’s warning to a woman “constantly before the courts” about what would happen if she continued to offend.
Rebecca Valerie Richardson, 29, of Redridge, near Childers, appeared in the Childers Magistrates Court this month charged with possession of dangerous drugs and driving without a licence.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Hayley Glover said Richardson was caught on June 25 with a pouch containing seeds she initially told police were tomato seeds.
Snr Const Glover told the court Richardson later admitted the seeds were marijuana seeds, which she intended to plant.
The court heard Richardson was also caught driving along Churchill St while disqualified by a court order on July 1.
Snr Const Glover said Richardson told police she had left her licence at home, but she was well known to police and they informed
Magistrate Gary Finger Well, your number’s up: The community is sick and tired of seeing you. The courts are sick and tired of seeing you.
her they knew she was unlicensed and had “no emergent reason for driving”.
Magistrate Finger made it clear he was appalled by the woman’s criminal history and pointed out that she had not paid “one cent” towards more than $6300 of fines she had accumulated.
“You thumb your nose at courts,” he told Richardson.
“You keep going on your merry way smoking drugs, driving when you want to drive ... You steal things from shops ... You keep going on your merry way because you think all you’re going to get is another fine and you’re not going to pay it, and the courts aren’t going to do anything else.
“Well your number’s up: The community is sick and tired of seeing you. The courts are sick and tired of seeing you.
“If you come before the courts again for any offence, I can tell you the only place you’re going and it won’t be home.”
Magistrate Finger told Richardson to keep committing offences if she wanted to go to the Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre.
She was placed on probation for 18 months.