Woman drugs Toko­roa boss

South Waikato News - - Community Cookbook - MARTY SHARPE

A vol­un­teer SPCA worker who drugged her boss af­ter her af­fec­tions were not re­cip­ro­cated has been un­suc­cess­ful in get­ting her jail sentence re­duced to home de­ten­tion.

Janet Blower was a vol­un­teer worker at the South Waikato branch of the So­ci­ety for the Pre­ven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals.

She be­came in­fat­u­ated with her man­ager, for whom she de­vel­oped what a judge termed ’’an un­healthy ob­ses­sion’’.

Her ob­ses­sion es­ca­lated to ha­rass­ment and reached the point where she was not al­lowed to be present at the branch at the same time as the fe­male man­ager.

This an­gered Blower, so she posted a num­ber of deroga­tory com­ments on Face­book about the SPCA. She was asked to re­move the posts and even­tu­ally did.

On Au­gust 21 last year, she snuck into the Toko­roa branch of SPCA through a back door

and put four lo­razepam tablets in the man­ager’s coffee.

Later in the evening, the man­ager drove the SPCA ve­hi­cle home. The vol­un­teer went with her on the 45-minute trip as she was go­ing to take the ve­hi­cle back into Toko­roa af­ter the man­ager got home.

Along the drive, the man­ager be­gan to feel the ef­fects of the lo­razepam. She had dou­ble vi­sion and had dif­fi­culty con­trol­ling the ve­hi­cle.

At one point, the ve­hi­cle left the road and ended up in a shal­low ditch. When she got home, she went straight to bed. She still felt ill the next day so went to Taupo Hos­pi­tal.

When po­lice spoke to Blower she said she went to the SPCA branch with the in­ten­tion of hurt­ing the man­ager and she ad­mit­ted putting the tablets in the coffee. When po­lice searched her prop­erty they found eleven cannabis plants, 50 seeds and six cannabis cig­a­rettes.

Blower pleaded guilty to stu­pe­fy­ing a per­son and cul­ti­vat­ing cannabis. In May Judge Chris Mcguire sen­tenced her to two years prison and said her of­fend­ing ‘‘had all the hall­marks of some­thing that was go­ing to turn out dis­as­trously for the vic­tim and prob­a­bly for other peo­ple too’’.

He con­sid­ered the of­fend­ing so dan­ger­ous that he was not pre­pared to sentence her to home de­ten­tion.

The sentence weas re­duced to 18 months on ap­peal.

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