Woman’s ’ jail jitters’
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.”