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Grafton Courthouse. Adam Hourigan

Granny, 56, charged for smoking "two or three billies"

A GOLD-licence holder has begged a magistrate not to disqualify her from driving over a drug-driving charge.

The 56-year-old from Warrell Creek was driving from Macksville to Grafton to visit her daughter and granddaughters on the afternoon of April 23 when she was pulled over by police just short of South Grafton for random breath and drug testing.

After testing positive to cannabis, she conceded she had stopped at Glenugie to smoke "two or three billies" before continuing on the road.

Pleading guilty to a charge of driving with an illicit drug in her system in Grafton Local Court this week, the woman's defence solicitor said smoking marijuana was the only thing that gave her immediate relief for chronic pain in her leg and hip.

The woman also expressed her remorse personally, telling the magistrate she felt dreadful over her actions, especially considering her 26-year-old daughter lost a leg in a crash with a drunk-driver when she was 19.

"I just don't know how I could put somebody else at such a risk," she said.

"The moment the boys in blue stopped me that's all I can think about.

"I live on my own ... six kilometres from the nearest shop. I beg you not to take my licence."

Magistrate Robyn Denes said she was "quite shocked" to see the well-presented woman and the charges she was in court for,

"I guess it just goes to show how extensive drug use is in the community," she said.

"For some reason you just got really selfish that day."

The 56-year-old was able to keep her licence, but was issued a cannabis caution and placed on a good behaviour bond for 18 months.

"Sometimes there's much to be said for old-fashioned shame," Ms Denes said.



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