'Bizarre' drug driver doesn't 'deserve' her kids
THE bizarre behaviour of a drug-addicted mother has not only led to her losing her driver's licence, but her estranged mother has managed to get custody of her grandchildren twice in recent years.
Jessica Helena Monica Boon, 25, pleaded guilty on Friday in Rockhampton Magistrates Court to three drug driving charges, one driving while her licence was suspended, taxi fare evasion, fraud, theft and other drug charges.
Magistrate Jeff Clarke said Boon's "bizarre" and "weird" behaviour included one entry on her record for repeatedly driving into a street sign until it was flattened for which she was placed on a community order and pleaded guilty to breaching that order on Friday.
"It seems your life has been completely out of control because of drug use," he said.
Boon was also busted drug driving along Berserker St while on a provisional licence on February 28 and then twice in one night on June 15 for driving with methamphetamine in her system on Canning St and Lakes Creek Rd.
The night after she was caught twice, she stole $16.43 of goods from Dean St IGA.
She also stole $50 headphones from the Dingo service station on June 28.
Police prosecutor Shayne Studdert said police were called to Stamford St, Berserker, on April 11 at 5pm to find a female screaming and yelling at people inside a house.
He said police found Boon under the influence, sitting in the driver's seat of a vehicle, admitting she had administered ice 30 minutes earlier.
Eight days later after her car broke down, Boon caught a taxi from Project Mex to West St, Rockhampton and ran inside the house without paying the $29.10 fare. She left her mobile phone in the taxi which the driver gave to police.
The first of these offences breached a 50-hour community service order for the street sign incident, of which Boon only completed 4.5 hours.
Defence lawyer Zoe Craven said Boon's two children had spent five months in Boon's care before they were returned to her estranged mother's care in North Queensland for the second time.
She said Boon told her probation officer she needs help for her drug addiction.
"You don't deserve to have your children in your care until you sort yourself out and put them first," Mr Clarke said.
He ordered her to a two-year probation order, disqualified her from driving for three years and one month, pay compensation to the three businesses she stole from, and fined her $600.
Mr Clarke also re-sentenced her to two-months prison for breaching the community service order, wholly suspended and operational for 18 months.