Judge's beady eye to track progress of two-time drug offender

Drugs were found in Courtney Ryan's car while she was serving home detention. (File photo)
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Drugs were found in Courtney Ryan's car while she was serving home detention. (File photo)

With just one month to go on her home detention sentence for dealing drugs Courtney Ryan was caught with drugs again and this time a judge says he has his "beady eye" on her.

Ryan, 24, was sentenced in the High Court last year to nine months home detention for her part during Operation Fantail, a major joint Police and Customs bust.

She had made it to her last month before a police search found methamphetamine and cannabis in her car.

Her lawyer Brett Crowley said on Thursday she never got the help she needed while on the sentence. There had been no talk about her go to a programme that had been recommended for her.

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Now, after being charged with possession of meth, cannabis and drug utensil, she was getting help but needed more, he said.

Ryan had pleaded guilty to the five charges, including breaching her previous sentence.

Wellington District Court judge Laurie Hinton sentenced her to two years intensive supervision and ordered judicial monitoring which means he gets a report on her progress every six months to see how she is doing.

"So the judge will have the judge's beady eye on your progress, to help keep things on the right track," he told her.

He said her mother, who had previously written to the court for her High Court sentencing, was right that she needed long-term rehabilitation.

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"I wish you good luck," he said.

 

 - Stuff

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