Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Mother's Love Was Blind Mum Took Substance into Prison; 'It Was for the Sake of My Son's Life. That's Why I Did It.'

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Mother's Love Was Blind Mum Took Substance into Prison; 'It Was for the Sake of My Son's Life. That's Why I Did It.'

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Byline: Aden Stokes Aden.Stokes@capnews.com.au

A MOTHER wept in court yesterday, fearing for the life of her son, after a drug smuggling attempt at Capricornia Correctional Centre ended in despair.

Shirley Ann Smedley faced Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Thursday, where she pleaded guilty to taking tobacco into the prison at Etna Creek.

Asked if she wished to adjourn the matter further to pursue legal advice, the 58-year-old grandmother cried, "I did it, they have it on camera".

"I don't want to waste anyone's time, I just want to get it over and done with," she told Magistrate Philippa Beckinsale.

On June 2, Smedley, who has worked as a house maid, preschool teacher and courier driver, went to the Capricornia Correctional Centre to visit her son, Brendan Smedley, who was a prisoner.

During the visit, the mother of five removed a small black parcel from her clothing and gave it to her son. He took the parcel and hid it down the rear of his pants.

It was at this time correctional officers saw Smedley hand her son the parcel on CCTV. He was removed from the visitation area and searched.

During the search, a small parcel wrapped in black tape was found.

The parcel was opened by correctional staff and 18 orange strips and a SIM card were found, wrapped in clear plastic. Correctional officers believed the orange strips were suboxone.

Detectives from the Corrective Services Investigations Unit reviewed Brendan's outgoing calls. At 8.24am on June 1, he contacted Smedley and had a conversation about her bringing in some tobacco, the court heard.

On June 5, detectives interviewed Brendan where he told them he was asked by another prisoner to bring a package into the prison for him.

Already receiving a visit from Smedley on June 2, he agreed to the deal and provided her contact details to the other prisoner. …

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