Martinez’s attitude put her in magistrate's firing line

IT'S never a good idea to get on the wrong side of a magistrate.

That's something Julie Jean Martinez learnt the hard way when she appeared before Magistrate Cameron Press in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Friday, where she faced minor drug-related charges.

Martinez is the mother of Robert Martinez who was murdered in 2013.

She pleaded guilty to one count each of possessing cannabis and possessing utensils used in connection with drugs.

The court heard police found one gram of cannabis in a plastic container after searching Martinez's vehicle in Pattemore St.

Police prosecutor Danita Clarke said officers also found a water pipe used in connection with the drug.

She said Martinez had a history of drug offences.

Martinez also pleaded guilty to one count of contravening a direction or requirement after failing to present her identification to the Rockhampton watchhouse.

Ms Clarke said Martinez told police she had forgotten to attend the station.

When Mr Press asked Martinez if there was any reason she wouldn't be able to attend a drug diversion program if placed on probation, Martinez responded the only problem was that she may forget.

Mr Press said she would have to find a way to remember, but was not impressed with the response he got.

He yelled at Martinez not to roll her eyes at him, before ordering her to sit in the back of the courtroom while the case was stood down, warning her that a harsher penalty would be imposed if probation wasn't an option.

The matter returned before the court after the probation officer had assessed Martinez's suitability for probation.

The probation officer told the court Martinez was initially reluctant to take part in the five required counselling sessions.

Mr Press told Martinez she could not keep coming before the court for drug issues.

Martinez was convicted, sentenced to 10 months' probation and fined $300.



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