De­fen­dant fined for string of six crimes

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JAZAMAINE Eve­lyn O’Neill has re­ceived a $1000 fine after plead­ing guilty to a string of six of­fences in the Ma­reeba Mag­is­trates Court.

The 27-year-old pleaded guilty to four drug re­lated charges as well as one count each of fail to com­ply with noise abate­ment di­rec­tion and con­tra­vene di­rec­tion or re­quire­ment of po­lice.

On Septem­ber 18, po­lice at­tended a do­mes­tic dis­tur­bance at a home on Ward Street, Ma­reeba. Po­lice found three home­made bongs and cone pieces around the home.

Pros­e­cu­tor Sergeant Karen Equinox told the court O’Neill made ad­mis­sions to mak­ing the uten­sils and told po­lice she used them to smoke cannabis.

On Novem­ber 4, po­lice is­sued O’Neill with a noise abate­ment di­rec­tion for 96 hours due to ex­ces­sive stereo noise. O’Neill failed to com­ply and po­lice at­tended the res­i­dence again a short time later.

Sgt Equinox said po­lice con­ducted a breath test as they no­ticed a strong smell of liquor com­ing from O’Neill. She re­turned a blood al­co­hol con­cen­tra­tion of 0.266 per cent.

On De­cem­ber 16, po­lice con­ducted a search war­rant at O’Neill’s home and found a bong on the kitchen ta­ble.

After fur­ther search­ing the home, po­lice re­turned to find the bong had been re­moved.

O’Neill told po­lice she had hid the bong and re­moved it from her shirt.

She was fur­ther charged on that day after fail­ing to com­ply with a re­quest to sup­ply iden­ti­fied par­tic­u­lars no­tice.

On De­cem­ber 18, po­lice at­tended a home on Ward Street and asked O’Neill if she had dan­ger­ous drugs to de­clare.

Sgt Equinox said po­lice could smell cannabis in the home and O’Neill then de­clared “she smoked cannabis prior to po­lice ar­rival”.

Po­lice found bongs, cone pieces and a bowl with green leafy ma­te­rial, which weighed less than one gram.

She told po­lice she bought the cannabis for her own use.

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