A 36-year-old Cromwell woman has been sentenced to nine months' jail on six charges of supplying and offering Ritalin, the drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy.
Kaylene Joan O'Brien, appeared before Judge Stephen O'Driscoll in Alexandra District Court yesterday. She received a reduced sentence because of her guilty plea to the charges of supplying the class B controlled drug to two 14-year-olds and two 17-year-olds, as well as a 41-year-old, between December 26 and February 29.
The offending occurred when O'Brien was looking after two of the children while their mother was in hospital, and came on the heels of a previous five-month home detention sentence for supplying another class B controlled drug, stolen from her grandparents.
"It's disappointing you are back before the court on further drug-related matters," the judge said.
O'Brien was also ordered to continue with alcohol and drug counselling for six months after release from prison and that she undertake any other treatment recommended by her probation officer.
Asta Hine Korako Grant, 29, of Cromwell, was sentenced to five months' home detention for possessing cannabis and possessing cannabis for supply between May 14 and June 18.
After police found 25 “deal bags" of cannabis, with a street value of $50 each, in her handbag and bed during a house search, Grant admitted she had been dealing for four to six weeks to make extra money.
The judge said her co-operation " was to her credit" and that it indicated remorse "and acceptance that you've been stupid".
He ordered that she leave court to immediately begin to serve her community sentence at her Cromwell address, where she would wait for a probation officer. Grant would also carry out 200 hours of community service, concurrently with her sentence. "I hope you learn from this and don't get involved with cannabis in any way again."
Cyris Thomas Fletcher Manuera Mihaki, was sentenced to six months' jail for his third drink-driving offence. Mihaki was appearing for drink-driving, driving while disqualified and breaching a community sentence.
His lawyer, Kieran Tohill, asked the judge to take into consideration that in the previous drink-driving incident, on June 22, his client was just over the limit when he blew 444mcg, and "made a mistake" by thinking he was capable of driving himself and his workmates home.
The judge said that at the age of 21, with 21 previous convictions, and an earlier conviction in March, it was the fourth time Mihaki had appeared before court this year.
"This time, you need to hear the prison door closing behind you to know that you have offended."
His two-month sentence for driving while disqualified would be served concurrently with the six-month drink-driving sentence, and the remaining month of his community sentence that he had breached was cancelled. He was also disqualified from driving or owning a vehicle indefinitely.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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