Mum who got teen to smuggle drugs gets suspended sentence
A MUM who got a 17-year-old girl to smuggle drugs to a convicted murderer in Maryborough Correctional Centre has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Dorothy Millagretta Blair, 50, pleaded guilty in Maryborough District Court to supplying dangerous drugs.
Crown prosecutor Susan Hedge said Blair had supplied a heroin substitute to a young girl in order to get the drugs to her son, Simeon Frederick George Blair, who was found guilty last year of murdering Cleveland Paul Clay during a fight at Maryborough's Carlton Hotel.
Ms Hedge said Blair had supplied the girl with drugs on four occasions.
The girl then attended the prison and gave the drugs to Blair's son.
The court heard Blair had received $300 for supplying the drugs, in addition to money she was given to purchase the drugs.
She was told she would receive more money after some of the drugs were sold.
The court heard the girl texted Blair after delivering the drugs to the prison, reassuring her that it "all went fine".
Blair responded, telling the girl her son sounded "very happy".
"It's party time for them now," Blair told the girl.
Defence barrister Paul Rutledge said Blair had become involved because of her son.
"She found herself in a difficult place, extremely, extremely upset after her son's conviction," Mr Rutledge said.
Mr Rutledge said Blair felt she was helping her son by arranging to have the drugs smuggled into the prison.
"She was blinded by love and loyalty for her son," he said.
Mr Rutledge said Blair had been involved with fostering children, but because of the charges against her, her Blue Card had been taken away.
Mr Rutledge told the court his client had already been punished "quite severely" by what had resulted from her own actions.
He said his client had been a hard worker and had been employed for much of her life, working as a bar attendant, a police liaison officer and as a cleaner at an indigenous medical centre.
The court heard Blair had limited criminal history prior to committing the offence.
Judge Michael Noud said he understood that her son's conviction would have been distressing for Blair.
"It's a great shame that you have become involved in all this and lost your Blue Card," he said.
Blair was sentenced to nine months in prison wholly suspended, with an operational period of two years.