A former child safety worker says she lost her livelihood due to her drug offending.
A former child safety worker says she lost her livelihood due to her drug offending.

Former child safety worker falls into drug habit

A FORMER child safety worker said she had lost her livelihood following a spiral into drug use.

Kym Leanne McDonald’s trouble began on March 12, 2019 when she was caught driving while SPER suspended on the Dawson Highway at Calliope.

A couple of months later on May 11 she declared 0.5g of marijuana which she said she had purchased a day before for $25.

McDonald then failed to appear in court on July 15, 2019 and January 13, 2020.

She was in trouble again on March 7 when she was pulled over on George St, Rockhampton where she tested positive for meth.

On July 24 during a search warrant at a Loganholme address where McDonald lived at the time police uncovered 1.9g of meth, digital scales, a pipe, bong, cut down straws and a cone piece.

McDonald said she paid $1000 for the “crack” which should have 15 points in it, however she hadn’t used any.

McDonald pleaded guilty to 10 charges in Gladstone Magistrates Court on December 9 including drug driving and possessing dangerous drugs.

Defence Lawyer Jun Pepito said the 33-year-old’s offending was following a break up which led her life to spiral.

He said she lost her job with the Department of Child Safety because of it.

“She has learned a big lesson, she lost her livelihood,” Mr Pepito said.

McDonald was ordered to 12 months probation and disqualified from driving for two months.

She was spared a conviction on the criminal offences however convictions were recorded on the traffic offences.

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