A MOTHER has escaped a jail sentence after being caught with cannabis hidden in her home, coat and bra.
The discovery was made when police got a warrant to search Paula McAllister’s house in Salisbury Drive, Midway, Derby Crown Court heard.
The 43-year-old admitted having cannabis with intent to supply on March 20 last year.
She was put on probation for a year and must pay a £60 government surcharge.
Judge David Pugsley said a probation report described her as a ‘hardworking caring person’, who had handled difficulties among her family. He told her: “There is a time for punishment and a time for compassion.
“This is a case where I fully accept the difficult situation you were in and the dogged determination you exhibited in trying to keep things on an even keel. I hope in the nicest sense we don’t see you again.
“You desperately need help,” the judge added. McAllister replied: “Thank you.”
Alex Wolfson, prosecuting, said officers carried out a detailed search of her home and found 28 bags of cannabis, weighing a total of 18 grams. “Drugs were found in her coat and a small amount in her bra,” he said.
It was accepted the cannabis would have been sold to family and friends only ‘on a limited scale’, added Mr Wolfson.
The judge was told McAllister’s son had just been jailed for burglary and that had added to her concerns.
Justin Ablott, mitigating, said: “She has a number of responsibilities she takes very seriously and has never been in court before.
“The whole process she has found extremely difficult. She will not be back before the court.”