Risky res­o­lu­tion lands 55-year-old in court

The Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Sarah Ste­ger Sarah.Ste­ger@glad­sto­neob­

THERE'S some­thing to be said about peo­ple who com­mit them­selves to try­ing new things. It's brave, it takes courage and it isn't al­ways easy be­ing out of your com­fort zone.

But that's ex­actly what a 55-year-old Glad­stone woman com­mit­ted her­self to: a bucket list. The only prob­lem? It landed her in court.

Anne Snow­don pleaded guilty to three charges in Glad­stone Mag­is­trates Court this week af­ter po­lice found her in pos­ses­sion of il­le­gal drugs and drug para­pher­na­lia.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Act­ing Se­nior Con­sta­ble Balan Sel­vadu­rai said on July 14 po­lice ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at the de­fen­dant’s ad­dress at Bel­mont.

Dur­ing the search of her car­a­van home, of­fi­cers found a wooden box con­tain­ing a glass pipe, which Snow­don said she had used to smoke metham­phetamine.

Po­lice also dis­cov­ered 0.2g of metham­phetamine and uten­sils used in con­nec­tion with the crime, in­clud­ing a metal grinder and a red pipe.

The court heard Snow­don had no crim­i­nal his­tory and had only come by the metham­phetamine be­cause one of the things on her bucket list was try­ing the drug.

De­fence lawyer Jun Pepito told act­ing Glad­stone mag­is­trate Mark Mor­row his client’s list, which was es­sen­tially a col­lec­tion of things she wanted to do in her life­time, had been a “stupid idea” and had since been “scrapped”.

He said she se­ri­ously re­gret­ted putting metham­phetamine on the ill-fated bucket list.

But although the drugs had to be crossed off the piece of pa­per, the idea be­hind the list could not be erased from her mind as eas­ily.

“It was so dumb ... I’m so em­bar­rassed ... but that doesn’t mean my list is done,” Snow­don told The Ob­server.

She said next on her list of to-dos was sky­div­ing, which she said she had al­ways wanted to do.

When asked where she was plan­ning to go for the mas­sive jump, she con­fessed she wasn’t de­cided yet, but that Her­vey Bay was high on the list of pos­si­ble lo­ca­tions.

Snow­don re­ceived the ben­e­fit of hav­ing no con­vic­tion recorded for the drug-re­lated of­fences.

How­ever, she was fined $600 by Mr Mor­row.

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