Woman fined after police find needles in shoes

A WOMAN has faced court after police found needles in her shoes, when she had been pulled over for driving erractically.

Celeste Bette Bradnam pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday to failing to properly dispose of a needle or syringe.

The court heard that at 10pm on June 27 police observed a vehicle being driven erratically and intercepted it.

Police said they became suspicious, searched Bradnam and found two open syringes in the defendant's shoes.

The mother of two children told the court she had been intending to dispose of them, but she "didn't want to just put them in a bin".

Magistrate Penelope Hay said that based on information before the court, the police search on that day "didn't meet the requirements of the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act (2000)".

"If it wasn't for your guilty plea, police would have had a difficult challenge proving the charge," she said.

Taking that into account, Magistrate Hay significantly reduced the penalty.

Bradnam was convicted and fined $200 with a conviction recorded. The syringes were forfeited to the state for destruction.



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