Grandma smuggles drugs into prison for son
A TOOWOOMBA grandmother caught trying to smuggle drugs to her son in prison has narrowly avoided jail.
Christine Lee Wilson, 51, was found with a bag of 20 strips of the opioid drug suboxone and another bag of tobacco tucked inside her bra when she went to visit her son Aaron, 23, at Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre in Wacol in June last year.
Toowoomba District Court heard that authorities had monitored phone calls between the prisoner, his girlfriend, his mother and others and had been alert to the plan before Wilson arrived at the prison.
Wilson, a mother of seven and grandmother of 10, pleaded guilty to two counts of attempting to take a prohibited substance into a correctional facility.
Crown prosecutor Shontelle Petrie submitted a sentence of deterrence was necessary.
"There is a need to keep prisons free of drugs," she told the court.
Wilson's barrister Charlotte Smith said most of the planning into the ruse had been done by her client's son and his then girlfriend and that her client was naive and had been taken advantage of by others.
Ms Smith asked that her client not serve actual prison time as she had significant family responsibilities with four children still at home and was helping to care for some of her grandchildren.
Wilson had no relevant criminal history, she submitted.
Judge William Everson said he was prepared to accept Wilson had been taken advantage of, noting by his criminal history that Aaron Wilson was a "long-term drug user and hardened criminal".
However, he was scathing of her role in the failed plan.
"It is appalling behaviour to seek to support your son's drug addiction," Judge Everson told her.
"As a mother you should be ashamed of yourself," he added.
Wilson was sentenced to six months in jail, the whole term to be suspended immediately for 12 months.