CONVICTED: A 32-year-old Southside mother hit her father with a cricket bat and caused a police car to crash into a tree in a year long crime spree. Her solicitor told the court of how she was a victim of domestic violence from her former partner.
CONVICTED: A 32-year-old Southside mother hit her father with a cricket bat and caused a police car to crash into a tree in a year long crime spree. Her solicitor told the court of how she was a victim of domestic violence from her former partner. Pexels

Drugged-up Southside mum goes on year long crime spree

A DRUGGED-UP mother of three hit her father with a cricket bat and caused a police car to crash into a tree during a year long crime spree in 2018.

The Southside woman, 32, cannot be named for legal reasons after duty solicitor told Gympie Magistrate's Court this week she was a victim of extreme domestic violence, including rape.

The woman pleaded guilty when she appeared via video link in Gympie Magistrate's Court this week and was convicted of 14 offences including dangerous operation of a vehicle, evade and obstruct police, possess a knife in public, driving under the influence three times, driving unlicensed three times, possessing dangerous drugs and failing to stop at a scene of a crash.

The court heard the woman went to her parents house last November where she hit her father with a cricket bat and smashed several windows. Six days later, she was caught carrying a knife in Lawrence St.

On December 4, police busted her driving under the influence of drugs on Exhibition Rd, and with ice, marijuana, paracetamol and diazepam in her system.

On December 27, the crime spree worsened when she failed to stop at a car crash. The court heard the woman rear-ended someone's car in Mary St and took off.

On December 29, she evaded police while under the influence of drugs causing the police car to crash into a tree.

Duty solicitor Miss Elizabeth McAulay said her client was going through a difficult period having been a victim of domestic violence.

"Her ex-partner abused her. She was raped and assaulted. As a consequence she had to live in her car and turned to drugs throughout this period as a way of dealing with her situation," she said.

"My client also developed post traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety.

When her three children were taken away by child safety, the woman turned to illicit substances.

"The offences were committed then. She was admitted to Nambour hospital in a mental health clinic where she was treated for drug induced psychosis," Miss McAulay said.

The woman was placed into custody two months ago and has since undergone rehabilitation.

"My client has unfortunately made a few silly errors behind the wheel while being under the influence. She realises that the drug offending in particular the use of illicit substances will see her return to jail if they're not addressed.

"She is doing drug counselling and has completed a drug program while in custody."

Magistrate Maxine Baldwin was left speechless when the charges were read out.

"...Exhibition road, I almost shudder. Children are always playing in the yard, a ball goes across the road, they'd chase after it and you're so high, you kill somebody else's child," she said.

"Imagine your five-year-old running across the road chasing a ball and some drugged up driver collects him and kills him, snuffs his life like that. That's how easy it is because you can't possibly be able to control a car when you have drugs in your system."

Mrs Baldwin said the woman will be without her licence for a few years.

She was fined $3400 and was remanded in custody until April 30, when she will be released on parole for 10 months.

Gympie Times


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