Mum told 'quit meth for kids'

A MOTHER was given a stern warning to get on the straight and narrow for children when she faced Bundaberg Magistrates Court on Friday.

Fiona Louise King pleaded guilty to multiple drug charges including failing to dispose or take care of a syringe, possession of meth and marijuana and possessing utensils.

She pleaded guilty to contravening order about information necessary to access information stored electronically, after refusing to hand over her phone's passcode even when officers obtained a warrant.

The court heard on January 31, a search warrant of King's Thabeban home uncovered 1.96g of meth and .09g marijuana.

Police found a smoking pipe, scales, two hypodermic needles - one with blood in it - and multiple clipseal bags. She told police she knew it was bad to have needles lying around.

On February 7, police tried to access a phone found in the search but King would not hand over the PIN. A warrant was issued and still she refused.

Magistrate Bronwyn Hartigan said that was "extremely suspicious" considering King's extensive drugs history.

"It was defiance of a court order, an actual order by law ... not just an officer saying we want it," Police prosecutor Senior Constable Tina Bland said.

King's defence lawyer Craig Ryan said she had been addicted to heroin since she was 17, but had overcome that addiction and moved on to meth.

Her youngest son, 14, still lived at home with her.

Ms Hartigan said while it was commendable King had "kicked" heroin she needed to do better for the sake of her children.

"I have confidence you can do it if you put your mind to it," she said.

King was sentenced to three months' imprisonment suspended for 12 months.

A conviction was recorded.



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