Gladstone drug offender a 'victim of her own stupidity'

IN the "matter of the hopeless criminal" a mother is behind bars after she appeared to dob herself in to police.

Kylie Joy Ward, 41, had a long history of drugs, violence and fraud offences, but had never spent time in prison until Thursday.

The Gladstone woman cried throughout her sentence hearing in the Rockhampton Supreme Court before losing control and sobbing as she was taken away to serve four months for possession and supply of dangerous drugs.

Ward was a victim of her own stupidity, the court heard.

On August 23, 2012 police seized her partner's car from their Bell St, Barney Point home in relation to another matter.

The car was taken to a secure compound.

A few days later, Ward rang police saying she had left $1000 and a joint in a black bag in the back of the car.

She told them she wanted her money back.

Police searched the car and found $4000 and a clip seal bag with more than 17g of a substance containing 6.27g of pure methamphetamine.

Ward's defence barrister David Murray argued the car wasn't hers and there was nothing to identify her in the bag.

"If she hadn't given the information to police, she would not be in court," he said.

Crown prosecutor Tom Polley disagreed, and said it was inescapable that police would eventually have found it.

But Justice Duncan McMeekin wasn't convinced Ward was dobbing herself in, only that she hadn't thought it through.

He said the large amount of cash suggested a significant involvement.

"It was your bag and you knew the money and drugs were there," he told her.

"That implicates you firmly…your concern was to get your money back, not give yourself up."

Ward was sentenced to 18 months in prison, to be suspended after four months.



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