COURT: Dianne Dulcie Lorraine Pascoe, 64, appeared in Roma Magistrates Court on Tuesday facing charges of possessing dangerous drugs and drug utensils.
COURT: Dianne Dulcie Lorraine Pascoe, 64, appeared in Roma Magistrates Court on Tuesday facing charges of possessing dangerous drugs and drug utensils. The Northern Star

Roma grandma jailed after property drug raid

A GRANDMOTHER who was caught with more than 50g of marijuana on her property has blamed it on her family taking advantage of her.

Dianne Dulcie Lorraine Pascoe, 64, appeared in Roma Magistrates Court on Tuesday facing charges of possessing dangerous drugs and drug utensils.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Heather Whiting told the court that on July 7 a search warrant was executed at Pascoe's property on McEwan St.

Upon arriving at the residence at 11.50am, Roma police heard the occupants frantically scrambling around and attempting to conceal items.

The search uncovered a used water pipe and various bowls of marijuana of 4.5g, 10.9g, 10.1g hidden around the house, including under the defendant's bed.

Police also found 25.6g of marijuana buds concealed in laundry powder.

After being questioned by police, Pascoe denied any involvement and stated she had been doing some gardening when police entered her property.

The court heard marijuana was found under her bed because her nephew would watch television in there.

The defendant's lawyer told the court Pascoe had been asked by her sister if her nephew could stay at her residence and the drugs and drug utensils in question belonged to him and his friends.

The court heard Pascoe was retired and suffering kidney issues and had a tendency to be taken advantage of by her family.

Pascoe pleaded guilty to one charge of possess utensils or pipes etc that hadbeen used and one charge of possessing dangerous drugs.

Magistrate Blanch told the court that with Pascoe's history - which was littered with serious drug offences, with the most recent charge being possessing dangerous drugs in September 2018 - imprisonment was the only solution.

He sentenced Pascoe to one month imprisonment for each charge, with a wholly suspended sentence for 12months to get treatment for her illness.


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