Mother of child with cerebral palsy jailed for dealing meth

AN IPSWICH mother who has a child with cerebral palsy and made thousands of dollars from selling meth and cannabis wept when a Supreme Court judge sentenced her to stay behind bars for at least another year and three months.

Jessie-May Sutton, 25, was busted with drugs when police searched her house as part of an investigation into a drug supply ring operating in the Ipswich area.

Evidence of drug trade appeared on Sutton's and other dealers' phones and showed she had trafficked a "street supply" of drugs between October and November 2013.

She was placed on probation but was caught again trafficking drugs in August last year.

This time she sold larger quantities of drugs and it went for a longer period; between April and August 2014.

At Brisbane Supreme Court on Tuesday Sutton pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking drugs, possessing meth and cannabis, possessing utensils and failing to appear at Ipswich court.

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Justice David Boddice said the second lot of trafficking was more serious because she had already been given a chance, but she failed to comply.

The court heard she sold overall at least 76g of meth for $34,000 in total and had at least 28 customers.

The court heard Sutton was born in Ipswich and has two children. Her youngest, now five years old, is blind and has cerebral palsy.

Defence barrister Tim Ryan said Sutton turned to illicit drugs while she was suffering depression and started selling drugs to fund her habit.

But Justice Boddice said it was hard to sympathise with her because breaking parole showed she had "scant regard for court orders". He sentenced her to a total five years jail, suspended after she serves another 15 months.

He took into account the year she had already spent in jail.


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