Mum tried to smuggle drug
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.