Leaves town, over dope, hopes to meet cowboy
A YOUNG woman going through a rough patch in life has avoided jail time because of positive and productive life changes she is making.
"You have saved yourself from going to jail. You have been given the opportunities and I suggest you take them in both hands," Gladstone magistrate Mark Morrow said to Shaina Lockyer after she told the court of the good things she is now doing.
Lockyer, 21, pleaded guilty to charges of possession and producing cannabis, and possession of drug utensils on January 12; possession of items (digital scales) used in a drug crime; and driving under the influence of alcohol at 2am on February 21.
In a raid on her Telina home in January, police prosecutor snr constable Sam Pyke said officers found nine cannabis plants in the back garden 1.5m high, and drug items including electric grinders, chopping bowls and pipes.
He said police intercepted Lockyer as she drove along Kirkwood Rd at 2am on February 21.
A breath test gave an alcohol reading of 0.210 (over four times the legal limit). "She says she drank 12 Heineken stubbies in seven hours while at a party," snr const Pyke said.
Well spoken, Lockyer told Mr Morrow she had now moved west to Barcaldine to live with her aunt Zena, had a good job and enjoying country life away from drugs.
"I moved out there to get away. Everything is going well and I feel like I am getting ahead," Lockyer said.
"It's a big change. It's for the best. I'm off drugs and feel so much better." Lockyer told Mr Morrow she was given the nine cannabis plants for Christmas.
Lawyer Jun Pepito said he had noticed "a big change in her, more happy and has direction in life" after previously making some poor choices.
"She hopes to meet a nice cowboy there, start a family there," Mr Pepito joked.
Mr Pepito said Lockyer left the party and only drove after becoming really uncomfortable over attention she received.
Mr Morrow said he was thinking of a jail sentence and the high amount of alcohol she had driven with, potentially could kill her or another road user that night.
Noting that Lockyer appeared to have changed (for the better) Mr Morrow fined her $1250 on the drink driving offence and disqualified her licence for six months. She was sentenced to two years Probation (with drug tests).
"You need to think before you do things as there are consequences," he said.