Woman admits meth has ‘wrecked’ her life

A 25-year-old Rangiora woman beginning a 21-month jail term has admitted that methamphetamine has wrecked her life.

Kelsi Anne Sherriff’s parents were in court to support her at the Christchurch District Court sentencing where jail had become the inevitable outcome after she had continued offending while on home detention.

Judge Alistair Garland acknowledged their presence. “One has to have heart-felt sympathy for them. They are devastated that you have made the decisions you have made up until now.”

Sherriff was given a chance by a judge last year after she was caught dealing in methamphetamine. The court was told then that drug offenders had “taken over” the home she owned in Rangiora and she had joined in and supplied methamphetamine to pay for her own habit.

She was given a seven-month term of home detention in August but only two months into the sentence, police raided the property and found five jackets stolen in ram-raid burglary at Kathmandu in Christchurch two days before, two firearms, and a pipe for smoking methamphetamine.

Sherriff pleaded guilty to those charges, and also faced re-sentencing for the earlier charges, which included driving while impaired by methamphetamine.

Defence counsel Kerryn Beaton said Sherriff was “unrecognisable” from the woman she had met after her arrest in October, as a direct result of not being exposed to methamphetamine while she has been held in custody.

Sherriff was “regretful and remorseful” about ruining the opportunity she had been given on home detention, but acknowledged that if she was not in custody she would still be having a significant issue with the drug.

“She accepts that methamphetamine has wrecked her life,” said Miss Beaton. “She is sorry for the issues it has caused for everybody around her.”

When she was eventually released from prison, her parents planned to move her away from Rangiora. She wanted to take any drug rehabilitation courses available in prison.

She said the firearms police found at the house – including a pistol beneath Sherriff’s bed – did not have firing pins so they were inoperable, and no ammunition was found.

Judge Garland said Sherriff was still assessed as a high risk of reoffending. She tended to minimise her own behaviour and blame previous partners and associates. She was fortunate to have strong family support.

She clearly had the weapons for an unlawful purpose and had posed a danger to the public with her meth-impaired driving – her fourth conviction for drink or drugged driving.

He imposed prison terms totalling 21 months, disqualified her from driving for a year, and ordered her to pay $802 expenses for the drug testing after she was caught driving.


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