Woman pleads guilty to giv­ing drugs to son

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A MOTHER of four who sup­plied her son with cannabis and was “sup­port­ive of his cannabis use” nar­rowly missed a prison sen­tence on Mon­day.

Jodie El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor, 36, ap­peared in the Mareeba Mag­is­trates Court where she pleaded guilty to per­mit­ting use of place, pos­sess­ing dan­ger­ous drugs, sup­ply­ing dan­ger­ous drugs, which took place be­tween Oc­to­ber 30 and Novem­ber 2, and a com­mit public nui­sance charge on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 9.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Sergeant Karen Equinox told the court po­lice ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at Tay­lor’s res­i­dence where they found her son, Dy­lan, home alone.

Po­lice found meth and cannabis at the home and Tay­lor’s son told po­lice he had used the cannabis.

Po­lice re­turned to the home later that day to find Tay­lor had re­turned.

“She said she al­lowed her son to smoke and was sup­port­ive of his cannabis use,” Sgt Equinox told the court.

Tay­lor also told po­lice that she was sup­ply­ing her son with cannabis ev­ery few days, even though she knew it was an of­fence.

Tay­lor ad­mit­ted that she was a user of meth and showed po­lice track marks on her arm where she would in­ject the drug.

She said she had re­cently pur­chased 0.2 grams for $200.

The court heard that Tay­lor’s home had be­come a “hub” where oth­ers would at­tend to also con­sume and ad­min­is­ter drugs.

On Novem­ber 9, po­lice at­tended a dis­tur­bance where they found Tay­lor yelling and scream­ing bad lan­guage.

Sgt Equinox said Tay­lor could be heard yelling from down the street.

Po­lice told Tay­lor to calm down but she con­tin­ued and was sub­se­quently ar­rested.

So­lic­i­tor Steve Mor­ris said Tay­lor “lacked ed­u­ca­tion” and had a “less than sat­is­fac­tory up­bring­ing”, which had lead her to make poor choices.

“She had a view that cannabis was ac­cept­able ... and thought it would be bet­ter to al­low him (her son) to use it (cannabis) in the home than as­so­ciate with drug cul­ture in the com­mu­nity,” he said.

Mr Mor­ris said the de­fen­dant had a “less than sat­is­fac­tory” crim­i­nal his­tory, which started in 2001.

Mag­is­trate Tom Braes said he had con­sid­ered hand­ing down a prison sen­tence, but or­dered Tay­lor to per­form 200 hours of un­paid com­mu­nity ser­vice.

“It seems you have launched your son on a wasted path of ex­is­tence,” he said.

“It seems that your res­i­dence is a den where peo­ple are free to use what­ever they like.” To com­ment on this story: ed­i­to­rial@table­land­news­pa­pers. com.au face­book.com/table­land­sad­ver­tiser

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