A desperate Queensland mother has brought new meaning to the phrase ‘keeping it in the family’ by selling marijuana to her ice addict son.
The News Mail reported that on Monday local Bundaberg woman Tina Ann Giles, 46, pleaded guilty to three counts of supplying dangerous drugs and a possessing drug utensil charge.
However, Mrs Giles defended her actions because she believed providing these to her meth addict son Levi Thompson Giles, 22, was ‘the lesser of two evils.’
Tina Ann Giles claims she sold cannabis to her son Levi Thompson Giles because it was a better option than his drug of choice, ice
Mrs Giles’ defence lawyer argued that his client’s son had ‘an ice problem at the time’, which was why the mother sold him marijuana three times.
‘It’s a dreadful thing for a mum to give her son drugs, but she rationalised it by saying that, as he was an ice addict, she was hoping it was the lesser of two evils,’ Mr Messenger said.
The unconventional dealer-user partnership was discovered by police in June last year, after inspecting officers a found an iPhone with text communications between the mother and son.
Police identified that Mr Giles was using his then-partner Tyler Ord’s mobile to complete cannabis business transactions with Giles senior.
A number of text messages between Mr Giles and his mother were found including: ‘Hey mum, I’ll pay $100 for a q (a quarter of an ounce of marijuana) if you can possibly do it, I can’t find anyone else’.
Another read: ‘Hey mum it’s me … I’ve got $90 to my name I was wondering if you could maybe do a q in the morning, I can’t do anything more tonight…’
The third and final one from Mr Giles read: ‘Couldn’t do me q for $100? … I still haven’t been able to get anything’.
Mrs Giles responded to this message by saying: ‘Alright Levi, then that’s it unless you have your money here at 7.30am in the morning …’
In 2016, Mrs Giles, who had held no criminal record until she was 31, was sentenced to a suspended term of imprisonment of three months for possessing 23g of marijuana and a bong.
However, she has always asserted that her substance use was medicinal and coincided with a diagnosis of cancer, as well as a number of other health issues, including Crohn’s disease. Furthermore, her lawyer claimed that Giles ‘doesn’t use cannabis herself (any more).’
Acknowledging Mrs Giles’s co-operation with police Magistrate Belinda Merrin deemed suspended terms of imprisonment the most appropriate course of action.
Mrs Giles was sentenced to six months imprisonment for each drug supply charge and one month for the possess drug utensil charge, with the charges wholly suspended for 12 months.