Next stop prison

Re­peat of­fender scolded for thumb­ing nose at law:

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“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.

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