Woman swears off drugs in court appearance
A GYMPIE woman swore off drugs and wept in Gympie Magistrates Court this week as she told of the violent relationship that was part of her downfall.
"I've lost my kids because of my actions," she told the court, saying many of her drug convictions were the result of her having taken the blame for her partner.
"I have no excuse for what I've done. I just want to get back to being the person I was five years ago," she said.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Lisa Manns told the court the woman had called police to her home after being assaulted.
Police had found her in an agitated state, being examined by ambulance officers, with two young children in the house.
Police found 36 improperly stored syringes and needles on August 15, as well as a waterpipe and a grinder used to prepare cannabis.
The woman, 29, said she had enrolled in a 14-week Drug Arm rehabilitation program.
"Hopefully, you've taken the first step," Magistrate M Baldwin told the woman.
"At the end of the day, you've lost everything. Brace yourself for the long haul.
"Five years is not going to be turned around in five minutes. It will probably be another five years."
She convicted the woman without further punishment.