Sick mum who sold her drugs avoids jail

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 05:00 18/02/2014

Relevant offers

Crime

Tauranga man Kenny McCrae killed while helping out friend Laura McQuillan: My partner Jason's kidnapping and our week from hell in Rio Arrests made after robbery of Palmerston North tobacconist and dairy Staunch Christchurch dairy owner fights armed robber - again Antique vestments stolen during break-in at central Wellington church Man stabbed in Auckland's Onehunga New Plymouth nurse lied about aggravated robbery conviction to gain practising certificate Pair not guilty of alleged assaults at Wakefield pig hunt after party Don't get high on meth hype, top cop and drug war critic says Jacinda v David: 'Youth justice system an easy target'

A seriously ill New Plymouth woman who was caught selling her own prescription drugs has escaped a jail sentence.

Solo mother Celeste Stephanie Mottram, 37, pleaded guilty to supplying class A and B drugs last year.

In the New Plymouth District Court on Friday, Mottram's lawyer Kylie Pascoe asked for a community-based sentence rather than a jail term.

She said her client was very ill.

She was on dialysis four hours a day and had other complications including an enlarged liver, heart and spleen.

She was also recently diagnosed with pneumonia and had an enlarged heart.

"She is a single mother with children who are reliant on her."

The two separate drug-dealing charges were at the lower level.

She made little profit in relation to the offending.

Mottram had no previous offending of this type.

"She is very sorry and regrets what she did," Pascoe said.

Judge de Ridder said the start point for sentencing was 12 months' jail.

However, she was entitled to credit for her early guilty plea for the two incidents.

The judge said he was concerned at the content of the probation report which was "not terribly favourable to you".

Mottram was sentenced to six months' community detention with a curfew daily from 7pm to 7am and 100 hours' community work, which can be converted to training schemes.

Ad Feedback

- Taranaki Daily News

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content