’Experimental’ teen told she could lose family, friends
"YOUTHFUL experimentation" was blamed for one Lockyer Valley teen's dramatic debut in the criminal justice system.
With no criminal record to her name, Natasha Leigh Robertson, 18, landed a slew of charges after she was caught with drugs, drug utensils and failed to follow police directions.
Gatton Magistrates Court heard the Forest Hill former hospitality worker was driving at 3.40am on April 13 when police patrolling on Railway St, Gatton pulled her over.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Alister Windsor said a glass pipe with "burnt white residue" was stashed in Robertson's car.
"She admitted it belonged to her and had been used for the smoking of methylamphetamine," Sgt Windsor said.
Despite being requested to visit the police station within seven days, Robertson "forgot to" and only turned up a few weeks later.
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"She did turn up of her own volition … She said she had simply forgotten," Sgt Windsor said.
The court heard police arrived at Robertson's Forest Hill house at 11am, on April 29, armed with a search warrant.
"She has assisted police and police ultimately found 6g of cannabis in a clipseal bag and a glass water pipe in Robertson's bedroom - she admitted ownership of these items," Sgt Windsor said.
The court heard Robertson's phone, which police inspected, revealed she had sent texts relating to the supply of drugs.
"Police also found three sets of scales and other drug paraphernalia," Sgt Windsor said.
Robertson was asked to take part in a drug diversion program but failed to show up.
The court heard police pulled over a car in Grantham for a RBT and found Robertson in the passenger seat on August 15.
"A search was conducted and the defendant has immediately pulled from her jeans a clipseal bag containing 11g cannabis," Sgt Windsor said.
He told the court how police had found a scoop made from a straw and a glass pipe, both of which Roberstson claimed.
In court, she pleaded guilty to nine charges.
Duty lawyer James Ryan described his client as having indulged in youthful experimentation and said, in the most recent instance, the woman had been holding the drugs for a friend.
"Rather naively she was holding it on his behalf," Mr Ryan said.
"On my assessment, there is genuine remorse - I know you hear it all the time but I think it is genuine in her case."
Magistrate Kay Ryan told Robertson drugs would only lead her to trouble.
"It's very expensive - that's why we have people going out stealing … I've seen them stealing from family and friends," Ms Ryan said.
"You did have some work but lost it because of these charges … That's the other thing that happens - you end up with no family, no friends other than druggie friends who really perhaps are not friends who will be around for a long time."
Robertson was served a $750 nine-month good behaviour bond and ordered to engage in a Drug and Alcohol Assessment Referral program.
Convictions were not recorded.
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