Addicted, pregnant, angry

MOST women have a hankering for something during their pregnancies.

For one Rockhampton mother it was amphetamines and cannabis, and she took plenty of them.

The mother-of-five was 35 weeks pregnant and addicted to drugs when she began verbally abusing police officers for arresting her physically abusive partner outside their home.

The man was arrested for charges relating to threatening people with a samurai sword.

The woman, who was 24 at the time of the November 2008 incident, spat on a sergeant's face when she was arrested for public nuisance and obstructing police charges.

She pleaded guilty in the District Court in Rockhampton yesterday to the charges, along with charges of serious assault and common assault.

The common assault charge was for a threatening letter she gave to a woman who she believed had given information to the Department of Child Safety which led to four of her children being taken out of her care.

But the mother, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the children, will again receive custody of three of her children in March 2012, her defence barrister, Ross Lo Monaco said.

He said she had rehabilitated herself, completing a drug course and receiving counselling.

Mr Lo Monaco said the woman had her first child at 16 after years of sexual abuse at the hands of her stepfather.

He said she was now in a stable relationship and had custody of her six-month-old baby.

"She's someone who has been... victimised during her formative years," Mr Lo Monaco said.

Judge Grant Britton said because of her positive steps towards rehabilitation he deemed imprisonment an unnecessary punishment.

The woman was sentenced to six months jail, to be released on parole immediately. Convictions were recorded.


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