Sex, drugs and bikies at 14
AT JUST 14 Sarah Jane Leishman had already experimented with heroin and speed when she started working as a barmaid at the Rebels Motorcycle Club in Rockhampton.
Within months she was having sex with a club member nearly 30 years her senior and selling speed on his behalf.
Ms Leishman yesterday testified at the Supreme Court trial of accused drug traffickers Brendan Joseph and Susan Marie O'Brien, saying her former de facto, Michael James Miller, bought drugs from them.
The former barmaid, now in her early 20s, broke down in tears after being grilled by defence barrister Peter Davis, SC, who accused her of lying to protect herself.
He said Ms Leishman had been granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for testifying against Brendan O'Brien, a member of the Rebels, as was Miller.
But Ms Leishman insisted she was just trying to build a better life for the son she shared with Miller.
"I knew I had done a lot of things wrong ... I have a son whose life I want to make better and to do that I need to realise a lot of the things I've done are wrong and make them better,'' she said.
Ms Leishman told the court she started dating and having sex with Miller in late 1999 or early 2000. She soon accompanied him on his early morning visits to the O'Briens' Parkhurst property to buy drugs.
She said she watched on as Miller would hand over as much as $10,000 in cash before Brendan O'Brien mixed pure amphetamines with dextrose sugar and handed over a bag full of speed.
Once the couple's son was born he would accompany them on these visits, she said.
"Michael liked to make it look like we were doing a family thing,'' she said.
Ms Leishman said after purchasing the drugs she and Miller would return to their North Rockhampton home and divide the amphetamines into smaller portions.
She said Miller was so careful he sent her inside the house to check for police before bringing the drugs in.
Ms Leishman also told the court Brendan O'Brien had offered a $50,000 reward for anyone with information about two 500ml jars of pure amphetamine which went missing from his property in late 2002.
But Mr Davis labelled her a manipulator, suggesting she was trying to get revenge: "This is all fuelled by your hatred of Miller and the Rebels. You feel they took advantage of you and had you working at the club when you were so young.'' The trial continues.