Jenna Louise Driscoll will be sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to acts of bestiality, drug trafficking, stabbing another woman with a fork and, on two separate occasions, biting a child.
Defence barrister James Godbolt said his client had been affected by the public shaming of the bestiality charge and has stopped attending classes at the University of Southern Queensland, during pre-sentencing submissions at the Brisbane District Court on Friday.
Judge Terry Martin said the acts were “completely against the order of nature”.
“It might be a sad reflection on society that the bestiality attracts more publicity whereas the serious offence of trafficking cannabis does not. It rather undermines the factor of general deterrence,” Judge Martin said.
The court was told Driscoll ran away from home when she was 16, started a relationship with a man 12 years her senior and started smoking cannabis when she was 18.
She was 24 when arrested for trafficking and bestiality, and was also on a good behaviour bond for a minor drug offence and obstructing police.
Prosecutor Dzenita Balic told Judge Martin the it seems the three acts of sexual intercourse with the dog were “in connection to the attempted arousal of her partner”.
The prosecution said Driscoll had 15 regular customers and six suppliers and also a phone purely for the purpose of selling drugs.
Mr Godbolt said the trafficking was “bottom end”, to support her own use of the substance. He asked that his client be given a head sentence of two to two-and-a-half years, with it suspended.
“She is not living the high life,” he said, adding that Driscoll works as a waitress and had submitted to a recent drug test to prove she was no longer addicted to cannabis.
Judge Martin said he needed the weekend to consider the sentence.
(Perth Now - Nov 21, 2016)