Drug user yelled, asked shoppers to teach her karate

A WOMAN who was yelling and acting irrationally at The Valley shopping complex last month has faced Gladstone Magistrates Court.

Jody Ann-Marie Johnson, 31, pleaded guilty to drug possession on July 2, having in her possession a spoon she used to consume a drug, and committing a public nuisance.

She briefly disagreed with police facts after being charged with drug offences, saying the spoon she used to administer the drug was not hers, before changing her mind.

Prosecutor Snr Sgt Mark Gorton said police were called to The Valley shopping complex at 6pm that Thursday because a woman was yelling and acting irrationally and asking shoppers to teach her martial arts and karate moves.

"It was very odd behaviour," he said.

The prosecutor said the spoon and Valium had been found.

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Duty lawyer Jun Pepito said Johnson took medication for anxiety and panic attacks but had not taken it that day.

Magistrate Penelope Hay said Johnson had a consistent history of drug offences.

She sentenced her to six months of supervised probation that included counselling to address her drug addiction and other medical assistance.



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