Mother takes meth to get boost needed to do housework

FORGET coffee, Rockhampton's Jessyie Skyie Canham turned to methamphetamine when she needed an energy hit.

A court heard Wednesday Canham told police she used the drug when she needed a boost to go about some household and motherly duties.

The mother pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court to possession of a dangerous drug.

The police prosecutor told the court about 11am on January 12 police executed a search warrant on a Rockhampton home where they found a clip seal bag beside the television containing a second clip seal bag which had a white crystalline substance inside.

The prosecutor said Canham admitted to police it was crystal methamphetamine and said she used it occasionally to give her an energy hit to clean the house and look after the children.

After taking Canham's early guilty plea into consideration, Magistrate Michael O'Driscoll recorded a conviction and handed down a $550 fine.

Magistrate O'Driscoll also advised Canham to steer clear of anything to do with drugs in the future.

Meanwhile in another drug-related matter before Magistrate O'Driscoll on Wednesday, a 21-year-old Emu Park man's teenage bragging trophy came back to haunt him.

Noa Ronnie Etheridge was charged with possession of a dangerous drug, namely cannabis.

The court heard on April 1, 2014, police executed a search warrant on a Rockhampton home where Etheridge lived.

In the bedside table of Etheridge's bedroom, police found two clip seal bags containing a total of 10.5g of cannabis seeds.

Etheridge's representative said while Etheridge lived in the bedroom growing up, he had not lived there for about a year and the cannabis seeds were about five years old.

Etheridge's representative said Etheridge had kept the seeds as a 'trophy' to brag to his mates as a teenager.

Etheridge was also charged with breaching his bail conditions after he failed to report to police on April 16, 2014.

Magistrate O'Driscoll handed down one penalty for both charges, recorded a conviction and fined Etheridge $650.


Lifeline - 13 11 14

Family Drug Support Australia Support Line - 1300 368 186

Beyondblue - 1300224636

Cannabis Information and Helpline - 1800304050

Alcohol and Drug Information Service - (ADIS) 1800 177 833

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