Pro­ba­tion to break the cy­cle of crime

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A PROSER­PINE woman de­scribed as determined to es­cape the cy­cle of crime has agreed to a pe­riod of pro­ba­tion to help her in that goal.

Alanna May Donnelly ap­peared in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court on 12 sep­a­rate charges this week, plead­ing guilty on all counts.

The 26-year-old was charged with public nui­sance, be­ing on po­lice prop­erty with­out ex­cuse, pos­sess­ing a knife in a public place, tres­pass­ing, break and en­ter, evad­ing a fare, steal­ing, wil­ful dam­age, con­tra­ven­ing a po­lice di­rec­tion and breaching bail.

Duty lawyer Lach­lan Ygoa-Mcke­own said Donnelly had lost a fam­ily mem­ber when she was just 18 and this led her to seek so­lace in drink and drugs – first cannabis then speed and meth am­phet­a­mine.

He said while this was “some­what so­cial and ther­a­peu­tic” at the start, it led to an ad­dic­tion. He noted she was us­ing am­pheta- mines reg­u­larly and was gen­er­ally in­tox­i­cated dur­ing all of the men­tioned events.

Mr Ygoa-McKe­own said a stint in the Townsville Women’s Pri­son and a hos­pi­tal ward had re­sulted in Donnelly sober­ing up and clean­ing out.

“[And] she doesn’t want to en­ter that cy­cle again,” he said.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist said he’d been talk­ing to Donnelly for “some time”. “And I’ve no­ticed the change,” he said. “You were com­pletely out of shape and you’re not now.”

Tak­ing into ac­count the pe­ri­ods of incarceration Donnelly had al­ready served, Mr St­jern­qvist placed her on pro­ba­tion for 15 months for all of the of­fences ex­cept the con­tra­vene. For this she was con­victed and not fur­ther pun­ished. She was also or­dered to pay $19.80 for the taxi fare and $381.70 for the dam­age to the door at the Reef Gate­way Ho­tel.

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