The client was a law student at Macquarie University, as well as a part time child care worker. The client had attended the ‘Fuzzy Field Day’ music festival with friends, and they had decided to experiment with the drug 1,4 Butandiol, also known as BD, and a GHB precursor. The friend overdosed on the drug, and paramedics and police came to the scene.
In doing so, Police questioned the client, as she appeared affected by drugs. The client made full admissions to being in possession of the drug 1,4 butandiol, and was charged with possession of a prohibited drug.
The client entered a plea of guilty, and the charge was dismissed under section 10 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999, conditional on entering into a good behavior bond for a period of 18 months. The Magistrate accepted that the offence was at the lower end of the scale of objective seriousness, but had been aggravated by the overdose of her friend. The fact that the client had sought help for her friend, and had made full admission to the police to assist them in their treatment of her friend, amounted to a display of her good character, which outweighed the need to record a conviction.