Woman jailed for facing court drunk or on drugs

A FORMER Toowoomba woman will remain behind bars until Friday after a judge thought she turned up to court either drunk or on drugs.

Jamie Confaloniere was due to appear before Brisbane District Court on Monday for breaching a suspended jail sentence.

But when she couldn't answer a judge's questions clearly, he ordered a doctor to test whether she was of sound mind to face court.

Ms Confaloniere sat in the defendant's dock behind a solicitor who had turned up to court on her behalf, but he said he could not get instructions.

Judge Paul Smith asked Ms Confaloniere directly if she wanted to say something.

"I don't understand why I'm still being represented," she said.

She asked if she could adjourn the matter so she could consult a psychiatrist to get legal advice and spoke about payment of lawyers, although it was not entirely clear what she was saying.

"Are you well at the moment?" Judge Smith asked.

"Yes," she said.

"Well, I think you should be examined by a doctor. What do you say about that?"

When she didn't reply, Judge Smith said he wanted to make sure she was in a fit state of mind to face court.

He adjourned the case for about an hour for her to be tested, and when it resumed, Judge Smith said he had refused Ms Confaloniere bail.

"It struck me, if I am right in my inference, which seems to me to confirm (Ms Confaloniere) is affected by something," he said.

"It seems to me she was affected by some substance, whether it's alcohol or drugs."

Ms Confaloniere will face court again on Friday.

- APN NEWSDESK


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