Woman pleads guilty to giving drugs to son
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