Mum tried to smug­gle drug

Joondalup Weekender - - News - Mark Don­ald­son

A YOUNG mother sobbed un­con­trol­lably and cried out “I can’t do jail” af­ter a Joon­dalup mag­is­trate yes­ter­day im­pris­oned her for try­ing to smug­gle metham­phetamine into Ca­sua­r­ina prison.

Mother-of-two Rahni Rose May Clark, who turns 20 this year, was sen­tenced to an im­me­di­ate term of six months jail af­ter plead­ing guilty to pos­ses­sion of metham­phetamine with in­tent to sell or sup­ply.

The court heard the Gab­badah res­i­dent strapped bal­loons con­tain­ing 1g of the drug to her chest in an at­tempt to give it to her part­ner, who was a pris­oner, about 3pm on Novem­ber 18.

Mag­is­trate Gre­gory Benn took into ac­count re­ports of do­mes­tic abuse and the fact Clark had been a metham­phetamine user since she was 12.

While her lawyer pushed for a com­mu­nity-based sen­tence, Mr Benn said: “I don’t think that even comes close to the se­ri­ous­ness of the charge”.

He told Clark he un­der­stood she didn’t com­mit the crime out of fear of her part­ner, but to “main­tain the re­la­tion­ship”.

He said there was no worse a drug than metham­phetamine in a prison be­cause of its as­so­ci­a­tion with vi­o­lence.

“It places many peo­ple at risk,” he said.

“The only ap­pro­pri­ate penalty is a term of im­pris­on­ment”.

Clark was dis­traught as she was led into cus­tody by se­cu­rity.

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