Probation to break the cycle of crime
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.