Mum's drug driving wake up call
"YOU hold the key to your prison cell in your pocket."
They were the strong words Magistrate Louisa Pink issued to a woman who faced court on multiple drug-related charges this week.
Elita Gilbert, 35, was arrested for six drug-related charges including driving on drugs, and possession of a needle.
Gilbert pleaded guilty to all charges.
Magistrate Pink had stern words for Gilbert, who has 21 prior convictions, 16 of which have occurred since 2016.
"Your last resort has been reached," she said.
Police Prosecutor Barry Stevens said Gilbert had been the victim of a recent vicious attack.
"You presented today with two black eyes and still have evidence of injuries," magistrate Pink said.
"You suffered two fractured eye sockets and broken ribs, among other injuries."
Gilbert's life choices have led to her losing custody of her child, who is in the care of child safety.
"You need to clean up your act if you are going to get your child back," magistrate Pink said.
On the back of a sentence imposed in August last year, Gilbert was sentenced to 30 days in prison, suspended for nine months.
"That was to give you an opportunity to get your life in order," the magistrate said.
"The offences that have been heard in court today indicate to me that you failed to use that opportunity and here you are again.
"If you continue to use drugs they will ruin your life," she said.
"It will consume your life and you will be on a one-way track into a prison sentence."
Gilbert was sentenced to four months' imprisonment with immediate parole.
"If you are charged with a further offence you can assume your parole will be suspended," Ms Pink said.
"You won't come back before the court.
"You carry the key to your prison cell in your pocket."