Drug 'relapse' causes crime spree across region

AMPHETAMINES were the major element in a Gayndah woman's crime spree from her home town to Bargara and Gympie, between April 29 and May 21, last year, a court was told yesterday.

Gympie Magistrate M Baldwin told Amy Dunford, 43, her case was a tragic one with consequences.

She jailed Dunford, with immediate parole, in addition to placing her on probation, fining her a total of $1620 and ordering her to pay $2000 restitution.

Dunford had pleaded guilty to eight offences, including unlawful entry at Bargara, drug driving on the Southside and Gayndah and unlicensed driving, stealing and failing to take reasonable precautions with a syringe.

Mrs Baldwin urged Dunford to approach her parole supervisors and "tell them you need help."

The court was told syringes were found when Dunford was pulled up while driving to hospital, accompanied by friends from Tin Can Bay.

The court was told Dunford had struggled with mental health issues but had been 19 years free of drugs until two years ago when she relapsed.

Mrs Baldwin said it was clear Dunford's life had "hit another blip" when she stole property worth $2000 in Bargara, stole jewellery from an amenities building and repeatedly drove while affected by drugs.

Mrs Baldwin fined Dunford a total of $1620, ordered restitution and imposed multiple jail terms with immediate parole, probation and suspensions.

She imposed multiple disqualifications up to three years. "Drive 5m and you'll go to jail," she told Dunford.

Gympie Times


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