Drug importer faces deportation

A childcare worker who admitted importing methamphetamine into New Zealand while working in Christchurch has been spared a jail sentence.

Haley Carol Jacobs, 37, was sentenced in the Auckland District Court yesterday to six months' home detention.

Jacobs' lawyer, Louise Freyer told the court the offending was a huge fall from grace for her client who has suffered shame and lost her marriage and her job as a result of the charges.

The Teachers Council will determine whether Jacobs will retain her registration as a childcare worker.

Jacobs has been a childcare worker for more than 16 years.

During sentencing, Judge Ema Aitken acknowledged that Jacobs had imported the drug for her personal use to feed what was slowly becoming an addiction.

"You have done a lot of soul-searching, Miss Jacobs, and I'm sure there is more to come," Judge Aitken said.

Jacobs, a South African citizen, is also at risk of being deported to South Africa as she holds only a New Zealand's residency visa.

At the time of her offending, Jacobs was living in Christchurch. She pleaded guilty last year to a representative charge that she imported methamphetamine several times from South Africa from January 1 to July 24, 2012.

The Press