A WOMAN who was caught smoking marijuana with a 14-year-old girl at a house party has been on the receiving end of some stern words from the magistrate.
Sarah Jean Reynolds pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana, possession of drug utensils including a water pipe and scissors and possession of alcohol in a restricted area.
When police attended a house party in Cherbourg, police prosecutor Sergeant Pepe Gangemi said they found Reynolds at the back of the house "smoking cones" with the 14-year-old child.
Sgt Gangemi said Reynolds defended her actions and told the police the girl's mother allowed her to smoke the drug.
Defence solicitor Mark Oliver said his client, a single mother of four, "had been through a fair bit in recent times".
"She tells me she doesn't drink or smoke anymore," Mr Oliver said.
"I can only say what my client tells me."
Magistrate Simon Young said the defendant did not take responsibility for her own actions or the 14-year-old girl's.
"If you treat your four children the way you treated that 14-year-old, perhaps I should consider contacting child services," Mr Young said.
"Thinking it's okay for a 14-year-old to smoke marijuana, I mean how ridiculous is that."
Mr Young said Reynolds boasted a history of committing similar offences, and it reached the point where fines were "no longer appropriate".
Reynolds was ordered to complete 60 hours of community service within six months, and ordered to forfeit the drug utensils and alcohol.
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