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 the woman was detained when her home was searched by police about 6am on May 10.

Prosecutor Sergeant Angela Tetley said the woman had told police the can of spray, found in a master bedroom, was for her own personal protection.

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

She did not know having the spray was illegal and pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of weapons last Tuesday.

Magistrate Vasta did not record a conviction but warned Lher the spray could have hurt others if taken. “This, in the hands of the wrong person, could do a lot of damage,” Ms Vasta said.

Ms Vasta said it was to the woman’s credit she had stayed out of trouble for the past 12 years. “I won't record a conviction but you're fined $200 ... the capsicum spray is forfeited.”