Woman’s ’ jail jit­ters’

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

A WOMAN who was ex­pected to be sen­tenced to a term of im­pris­on­ment for drug traf­fick­ing re­mains on the run, pos­si­bly with a case of “jail jit­ters”.

Candice Bo Allen was set to face Townsville Supreme Court on Wed­nes­day to be sen­tenced for traf­fick­ing dan­ger­ous drugs. She had pleaded guilty to the traf­fick­ing charge at an ear­lier date and was out on bail.

Her bar­ris­ter David James said he had spo­ken with her about 10.20am and she had told him she was go­ing out­side for a cig­a­rette and he hadn’t seen her since.

When court pro­ceed­ings be­gan at 11am, Allen was nowhere to be seen.

Jus­tice David North is­sued a war­rant for her ar­rest yes­ter­day but it is un­der­stood Allen has not made con­tact with her le­gal team.

So­lic­i­tor Phil Ren­nick said it was not un­usual for this to hap­pen, with lawyers call­ing it the “jail jit­ters”.

“They get ner­vous and scared and they run off but the sys­tem catches up with them,” he said. “And it makes it worse for them.”

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