IN COURT: Lady gives drugs a try and pays the price
A WOMAN in her 50s told the Biloela Magistrates Court yesterday there was no excuse for her using a drug for the first time.
The court heard that 51-year-old Samantha Jane Cretney, from Biloela, injected herself with a syringe 2ML full of amphetamine because she wanted to see what all the fuss was about.
"I just wanted to try it and see what the big deal was about it," Cretney said.
"I'm not going to do it again and I am aware of how addictive it is.
"There's no excuse for what I've done."
Police prosecutor Jessica King said that, at 2.45pm on January 15, 2020, police executed a search warrant at Cretney's Tiamby Street residence where Cretney admitted to police there was a loose syringe in the bedside draw.
"Police located that syringe and found 2ml of clear liquid in the syringe," Ms King said.
"When questioned, the defendant said the liquid was an amount of amphetamines which she had been prepared to use.
"She was issued with a notice to appear in relation to that offence."
Magistrate Philippa Beckinsale was stunned when Cretney said she just wanted to give the drug a go.
"At your age you really should know better," Ms Beckinsale said.
"You are aware how addictive it is and that it can ruin lives?
"Maybe you should take up some study or some craft, there are a lot of other things you can try and see what they're like that don't include drugs."
For the charge of unlawful possession of a dangerous drug, Cretney was convicted and fined the sum of $400.