Gympie District Court House, Channon Street, Gympie. August 11, 2015.Photo Patrick Woods / Gympie Times
Gympie District Court House, Channon Street, Gympie. August 11, 2015.Photo Patrick Woods / Gympie Times Patrick Woods

Pregnant woman warned to stop offending

A PREGNANT Kandanga woman was told in Gympie Magistrates Court on Monday jail was no place to be a new mother.

Magistrate M. Baldwin warned Hillary Elisha Combo, 30, she would not be allowed to have her baby with her should she keep offending.

The bleak warning came as Combo pleaded guilty to charges of possessing dangerous drugs, possessing drug utensils and unauthorised dealing with shop goods with a maximum value of $150.

Combo's offending started on January 22 when she was intercepted by Murgon police for a licence check.

Police could smell cannabis and a search revealed four clip seal bags of cannabis and drug utensils. Each bag contained a gram of cannabis.

Combo made matters worse for herself on February 13 when she partially paid for a fuel purchase when her debit card ran short of funds and then failed to organise payment of the remaining $42.20 balance.

The defendant's lawyer said her client was on her way to Rockhampton when her car broke down, requiring repairs worth $1000.

Mrs Baldwin noted the early guilty plea and extended an existing suspended sentence by a month and fined Combo $500.

Restitution of $42.20 was ordered for the stolen fuel, to be paid before May 18.