Woman sentenced for dealing

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Invercargill District Court.

A WOMAN who traded drugs began dealing because of a controlling and overbearing ex-boyfriend, a court heard on Tuesday.

Kayla Marie McDonald (23) appeared for sentence before Judge Peter Rollo in the
Invercargill District Court on a representative charge of offering to supply LSD on 44
occasions, a representative charge of offering to supply cannabis on 18 different occasions, three charges of selling cannabis, two charges of supplying LSD a charge of possession of LSD for supply.

The offending happened between September 2019 and September 2020.

Judge Rollo said a psychologist’s report prepared for the court stated that McDonald had been ‘‘moulded’’ in a significant way by her ex-boyfriend who bullied and coached her.

She had met him as he was a former friend of her brother’s, however he had ‘‘done
wrong by him’’.

‘‘But in your case he has induced you into misuse of drugs together with him.’’

The abusive relationship did come to an end, however McDonald continued to dispose of the drugs she already had.

He said experiences in her earlier life had led to low self esteem, feelings of rejection and isolation and led her to suffer from anxiety.

This led her to submit to an overbearing and controlling man, he said.

Her co-operation with police once caught also contributed to a discount in her sentence, Judge Rollo said.

He sentenced McDonald to nine months’ home detention and 120 hours’ community work.

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