Mag­is­trate warns about drug use

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

MAG­IS­TRATE Max­ine Bald­win used one of Mon­day’s court cases to high­light some im­por­tant mes­sages about drugs.

Christina An­nette Schiwy ap­peared in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court charged with pos­sess­ing danger­ous drugs and drug-re­lated uten­sils, fail­ing to com­ply with the con­di­tions of a Learner’s li­cence and fail­ing to pro­vide a spec­i­men of breath.

At 9.15pm on July 7, po­lice at­tended a sin­gle-ve­hi­cle traf­fic crash on Park­wood Ter­race, Cannonvale, where a black Holden Cruze had crashed into a wa­ter main caus­ing wa­ter to spray out.

When po­lice vis­ited Schiwy at her home ad­dress, she ini­tially de­nied in­volve­ment in the crash but was iden­ti­fied by a wit­ness.

Schiwy was found with a home­made wa­ter pipe and quan­ti­ties of cannabis. Checks re­vealed she was holder of a Learner’s li­cence but the car had no L plates at­tached. She ad­mit­ted driv­ing un­ac­com­pa­nied ear­lier that day.

Schiwy also ad­mit­ted drink­ing be­tween five and 10 al­co­holic drinks be- tween 4pm and 9.20pm. Her road­side breath test was pos­i­tive but she later re­fused to pro­vide a spec­i­men of breath on a reg­is­tered de­vice.

Mag­is­trate Max­ine Bald­win said the 27-year-old had made some bad choices that night, but most con­cern­ing were the drugs.

Ms Bald­win warned that the cannabis of to­day was not the same as that of the Wood­stock era. She said th­ese days, cannabis was chem­i­cally al­tered to make it grow quicker and be­come more ad­dic­tive.

She said the re­sult was that sadly in the last 20 years, there had been a huge in­crease in the num­ber of dru­gre­lated men­tal ill­nesses.

Ms Bald­win said of young peo­ple who smoked cannabis in their for­ma­tive years, one in two would de­velop a men­tal ill­ness. “That’s hor­rific,” she said. For the drug of­fences Schiwy was placed on a $550, four-month good be­hav­iour bond, con­di­tional upon at­tend­ing a drug-diver­sion course on Au­gust 20.

For the other of­fences she was fined a to­tal of $1100 and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for six months.

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