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‘Never sold drugs to kids’: Guest

Convicted drug supplier Toni Guest has told the Dungog Chronicle she had done time in jail and wants to move on.
Nanjing Night Net

Ms Guest was one of three Dungog residents charged in July last year with selling drugs and was sentenced to nine months jail.

She served six months at Emu Plains Correctional Centre, was released on March 27, and is now on three months parole.

As part of her parole conditions the 47-year-old cannot live in Dungog, but told the Chronicle she hopes to move back here when she has finished her sentence.

In sentencing Ms Guest in September last year, Magistrate Sharron Crews said there had been no suggestion that school children had been supplied with drugs.

“I want the town to know that I have never supplied drugs to underage children,” Ms Guest said.

“I readily admit I sold drugs to people, but a lot were about my age who used it socially instead of a drink, or for pain relief.

“I admit that I have used it sometimes my self, but would actually prefer to have a drink rather than drugs.

“I have spoken to my kids [aged 21 and 15] about drugs and while I know my daughter has tried it, I don’t want them to use them at all.

“I’ve put it in their heads not to do anything wrong and have to go to jail.

“It’s a real wake-up call [being in jail] and I don’t want my kids to go there.”

When asked why she sold drugs, Ms Guest said she wanted to make some extra money.

“I’ve been on Newstart since I got rid of the kids’ father and can’t work because I’ve got depression, together with pancreatitus and cellulitis.

“I knew someone who was selling and knew what sort of money they were getting.

“I thought why not, and it helped with the bills.”

Ms Guest said was horrified when she was sentenced to jail.

“The police even said I wouldn’t go to jail,” she said.

“You don’t expect to go to court and then off to jail.

“My daughter was 15 and a student at Dungog High School when I went to jail . . . it’s had a big impact on her.

“Now she is getting texts and abusive calls and they keep bringing up about me being in jail.

“It’s very traumatic and I just want people to leave us alone and let us get on with our lives.

“I’ve done my time and just want to move on.

“If anyone has anything to say, say it to me, and leave my kids out of it.

“I hope to come back here to Dungog once my parole is up. My father used to bring us up here as kids and I’ve always liked the area.

“I just want to be happy, do everyday normal things with my kids.”

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