Drug trafficker Sorayah Constant avoids jail time arguing ‘separation hardship’ – ABC Online
A twice-convicted drug trafficker who argued her children would suffer separation hardship if she was sentenced to a term of imprisonment has been spared jail time after a successful appeal.
Sorayah Louise Constant, 32, was sentenced to jail for at least 18 months for drug offences in April last year, with her crimes breaching a previous good behaviour bond for drug trafficking.
The District Court heard she placed orders for various medications from overseas containing pseudoephedrine, which could have produced $102,000 worth of methamphetamine.
She had an 18-month-old baby and was pregnant with her second child when she was originally sentenced.
The Court of Criminal Appeal set aside her sentence after her lawyer Heather Stokes argued leniency was warranted because there was no mothers’ and babies’ facility in Adelaide’s women’s prison.
Today, Constant had her sentence suspended on an 18 month good behaviour bond.
Under the terms of her release, she will be under the supervision of a corrections officer for four months and required to undergo drug and rehabilitation counselling.
Constant smiled and wiped away tears of joy as the sentence was handed down.
Justice Kevin Nicholson was short in his remarks.
“This has been a long process you’ve been through, I think it’s plain to you what you have to do in the future,” he said.
Outside court, Ms Stokes said her client was overwhelmed with emotion and relief.
“She has never known for sure that she would be free until we got to today,” she said.
“She earned it, by her own actions she’s earned it.
“She hasn’t used drugs since she got pregnant with the first child and unlike some, she has stuck with that.”
Ms Stokes said the new sentence would allow Constant to move interstate in four months’ time where her partner and eldest child currently reside.
“It will help make a new start in New South Wales,” she said.
“The old memories can dissipate into the background.”