Drug dealer jailed over crash injury
An Australind drug dealer who was under the influence of numerous drugs when she crashed her car into another vehicle and seriously injured its driver, will spend at least 11 months behind bars.
Katrina Angela Tosana, 33, was found with more than 14g of methamphetamine and $5695 in cash when police searched her home on March 9.
The search came 10 days after po- lice charged Tosana over a serious crash which occurred on Dodson Road, Glen Iris in July, 2017.
Tosana was on multiple drugs including meth, codeine and amphetamine when she failed to negotiate a bend and crossed to the wrong side of the road, slamming into another car.
Tosana and a woman driving the other car were seriously injured in the crash.
In Bunbury Magistrates and District courts on Monday, Tosana was sentenced over a string of charges including dangerous driving under the influence of drugs occasioning bodily harm and possessing meth with intent to sell or supply and unlawfully obtained property.
In the Magistrates Court, police prosecutor Sgt Barry Phelps provided a victim impact statement and said the driver of the other car had “suffered significantly”.
Magistrate Belinda Coleman confirmed the statement showed the woman would have ongoing difficulties with her professional and personal life.
Defence lawyer Derek Hunter said Tosana was “hopelessly addicted” to meth at the time of the incidents after being “hooked” onto the drug by a drug dealing boyfriend at a young age.
Despite several years clean and a stable job, Tosana received a phone call from that ex-boyfriend who had just been released from prison and she was subsequently reintro- duced to meth. The courts were told, Tosana had attended Ice Breakers meetings, completed several courses while in prison and had been offered a spot at Wandoo Rehabilitation Prison.
District Court Judge Alan Troy said he was satisfied Tosana had used her time in custody constructively and her references were impressive.
Tosana was handed a 22-month jail term and made eligible for parole.