Donna and Wayne Warry leave court.
Donna and Wayne Warry leave court. Ross Irby

Footy coach caught growing dope for ill wife

DONNA Warry has suffered through many years of debilitating pain following accidents and ill health that left her with metal plates inserted in her body.

Pain killers hadn't helped and husband Wayne Warry grew cannabis for her to smoke in an apparent act of love, duty and care.

Police prosecutor Gavin Reece said police raided their Tannum Sands home and cannabis totalling 479.5 grams was found in various amounts, 5.3 grams, 4 grams, 3.3 grams, scattered in different rooms including kitchen and laundry.

Mr Reece said 1.4 grams of chopped cannabis was on a plate, and 34 cannabis plants had been growing in a chicken coop. But when Mr Reece said 8.5 grams of cannabis was in a washing machine, Donna Warry called out: "no, that was tea, came out of a tea bag".

Wayne Warry, 63, who is the reserves coach of Tannum Sands Seagulls rugby league team, pleaded guilty to a series of charges including production and supply of dangerous drugs on February 24; having property used in drug offences; and possession of two weapons, a Taser and a semi-automatic rifle.

Donna Warry, 59, pleaded guilty to four offences including possession and production of dangerous drugs.

Mr Reece said their arrest was part of Qld Police Operation Oxbow which targeted drug trafficking in the Gladstone/Tannum Sands region.

Intercepts of accused drug user Garet Gerrard's phone revealed Mr Warry supplied cannabis to him (Gerrard is in custody on serious drug charges) and received $1200.

Lawyer Jun Pepito said the cannabis was for the use of his wife who was "in pain". Health issues include a metal plate in her shoulder and a knee reconstruction.

"The drugs in the house were for pain. Observing her in agony was the reason he tolerated her use of drugs," Mr Pepito said.

Magistrate Mark Morrow sentenced the pair to 15 months jail, released immediately on parole.



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