Drug dealer jailed over crash in­jury

South Western Times - - News - Kate Field­ing

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 po­lice 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 rein­tro­duced 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.

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