A 25-year-old former apprentice jockey and stable hand who was once said to be “destroying herself” with drugs, was jailed for three years and two months on a charge of possession of methamphetamine for supply.
The term was imposed at a Christchurch District Court sentencing for Rose Grace Steeman.
Steeman, 25, had previous convictions for possession of methamphetamine, and in 2010 worked for a Matamata stable.
When Steeman was sentenced after a hearing in 2011, Judge Lindsay Moore said: “This is a young woman in the process of destroying herself.”
Today defence counsel Jeff McCall said Steeman had spent 14 months in prison and had made the most of the time by doing a lot of courses and getting educated.
Judge Paul Kellar said Steeman was found with 38g methamphetamine worth $38,000.
He said she was given a sentence of intensive supervision for possession of methamphetamine in 2011, and a home detention sentence for possession of methamphetamine for supply in 2013.
She had only just finished that sentence when she was caught in January 2014 on the latest charge, he said.
Steeman’s pre-sentence report said she was at a medium risk of re-offending, Judge Kellar said, and he sentenced her to prison.