A Port Macquarie woman has been told she cannot continue to "thumb your nose at the law".
Kristy Lee McCormick faced the Port Macquarie Local Court on Thursday October 29 on a range of charges including, driving while disqualified, larceny and possession of a prohibited drug.
McCormick, 35, of Matthew Flinders Drive pleaded guilty to most of the charges before the court.
She pleaded guilty to, driving a motor vehicle during disqualification in March, 2020 and April and August 2019, disposing of stolen property on March 13 and cultivating a prohibited drug on March 21, larceny on February 4, possession of a prohibited drug on February 14, larceny and dishonestly obtain property by deception on June 10.
There were no pleas recorded on two counts of driving with illicit drugs present in her bloodstream.
Appearing on behalf of McCormick, Mr Morrison told the court one of the impacts of experiencing domestic violence at a young age is in drugs and alcohol (in later years).
"A more focussed issue is the August offence where she told the officers: "I just had to get away".
"DV in this case was ongoing and was significant at the time of these offences," he told the court.
Mr Morrison also pointed to reports before the court indicating there are windows of abstinence from drugs.
"My client is currently receiving counselling from The Buttery and she describes herself as a work in progress.
"That process is ongoing.
"On a positive note my client does have good work history with 10 years' part time work.
"My client is working on her rehabilitation."
Prosecutor Sgt Griffin told the court Ms McCormick demonstrated a lack of insight into her offending.
In her sentencing remarks, Magistrate Darcy said Ms McCormick was demonstrating a consistent level of offending.
"There is no excuse for getting involved in the disposing of stolen property but I note that you tried to do this on behalf of (another person).
"In relation to the further offences of driving while disqualified, you cannot continue to thumb your nose at the law.
"It seems to me that you were driving (while disqualified) for convenience sake.
"You have demonstrated very little insight into the impacts of your pattern of offence," she told the accused.
"But, at the end of the day, you are a person that has come to offending later in life.
"There are many people in custody because of their drug use. You are not there yet.
"However, you cannot just keep offending."
McCormick was convicted and sentenced to a Community Corrections Order for 18 months (concurrent with the 12 month CCO sentence), disqualified from driving for 12 months, ordered to serve 80 hours community service, fined a total of $1200.
A costs application hearing is scheduled for November 6, 2020.
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