Woman in court after cannabis found in couch

A 32-YEAR-old woman was sentenced in Gladstone Magistrates Court last week on a number of charges including possession of dangerous drugs and unlawful entry of a vehicle for committing an indictable offence.

Bronwyn Leah Schulte entered an early plea on all charges after a search warrant was executed at her home in Gladstone, revealing a small bag of cannabis hidden between her lounge cushions.

The defendant was also fronting court for a separate charge of stealing, fraud and unlawful entry of a vehicle after stealing a tradesman's wallet, which was left lying on the passenger seat of a ute on Off Lane on January 7.

After illegally entering the vehicle and stealing the wallet, the defendant then purchased $76.60 of groceries from Woolworths, before discarding the wallet in the nearest bin.

The court heard Schulte had recently endured a separation and was experiencing financial difficulty.

The defendant was ordered to pay a restitution fee for the amount stolen, and ordered to undergo a lengthy probation period of two years, with strict conditions.

Magistrate Russell Warfield warned the defendant she was "at the end of the line", having caused a substantial amount of inconvenience to the victim's life.

The cannabis seized was forfeited and a criminal conviction recorded.