Capsicum spray kept for personal safety lands woman $200 fine

MAGISTRATES COURT: The court heard that Jodi Maree Lawrence did not know having the spray was an offence.
MAGISTRATES COURT: The court heard that Jodi Maree Lawrence did not know having the spray was an offence.

A REDLAND Bay woman who kept capsicum spray in her bedroom for her own protection has been fined $200 at Cleveland Magistrates Court.

The court heard on Tuesday that Jodi Maree Lawrence was detained by police as her home was searched about 6am on May 10.

Prosecutor Sergeant Angela Tetley said Lawrence had told police the can of capsicum spray found in the home’s master bedroom was for her own personal protection.

She had bought the spray from a friend after a previous relationship ended. It had been purchased online from Germany.

Lawrence did not know having the spray was an offence.

She pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of unlawful possession of weapons.

Magistrate Vasta did not record a conviction, telling Lawrence the spray could hurt others if it was taken by someone else.

“Can you imagine, this in the hands of the wrong person could do a lot of damage,” Ms Vasta said.

“You know people running into 7-Elevens doing armed robberies...”

Ms Vasta said it was to Lawrence’s credit that she had stayed out of trouble for the past 12 years.

“I won't record a conviction but you're fined $200 ... and the capsicum spray is forfeited.”