Magistrate warns about drug use
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.