Trio spent $55,000 on ice in five months, court hears

The Northern Star - - NEWS -

A KYOGLE mother and her 23-year-old son have told a Lis­more court how their spi­ralling ice ad­dic­tion saw them and a third per­son blow an es­ti­mated $55,000 on the de­struc­tive drug in five months.

Ni­cola New, 44, and son Richard John Matthews are fac­ing sen­tenc­ing in Lis­more District Court for sup­ply of more than 140g of metham­phetamine, and other charges.

Be­tween May and Septem­ber last year po­lice in­ter­cepted phone calls and texts im­pli­cat­ing the mother and son along­side Matthews’ father Thomas John Ked­well, aka John Matthews, in the pur­chase of ship­ments of the drug from Queens­land.

Both have pleaded guilty: New to the sup­ply of 141g and Matthews to the sup­ply of 176g.

But dur­ing the sen­tenc­ing hear­ing yes­ter­day the pair gave ev­i­dence that most of the drugs were for per­sonal use.

New, a mother of three, told the court how she had tried the drug oc­ca­sion­ally “at par­ties” but her habit ramped up fol­low­ing a per­sonal tragedy.

By early 2016 the trio were ar­rang­ing cross-bor­der pur­chases of be­tween 1.5g and 28g at a time to sa­ti­ate the habit. Most was used “be­tween the three of us”, New told the court.

Matthews said he first tried ice when he was 18 and within a year was us­ing daily. His father con­doned and even made drugs “avail­able” once Matthews started down the path.

“Look­ing back on it, just look­ing at what it’s done to my fam­ily, it’s been (in­cred­i­bly) de­struc­tive,” he said.

The trio were ar­rested in early Septem­ber and New and Matthews spent some two months in pri­son be­fore be­ing re­leased on bail.

Both mother and son had ceased their drug use en­tirely since their spell in cus­tody and had good prospects for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, the court heard.

Matthews, who has a new­born daugh­ter, told Judge Wells he “sim­ply didn’t have time to re­lapse”.

Judge Wells has ad­journed the fi­nal sen­tenc­ing un­til to­day.

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