A CRIMINAL justice student caught with a MDMA tablet in her wallet has been given a 12-month good behaviour bond without conviction.
Kendall Joan Osborne, 25, of Browning Street, appeared before Bathurst Local Court charge with possession of a prohibited drug.
Police facts told how in the early hours of September 13 she was at The Oxford in Bathurst while police were undertaking a drug dog operation.
When police entered the hotel the accused attempted to enter the bathroom, but was stopped by plainclothes officers.
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She then went out the front of the hotel where a drug dog made a positive indication on her for the presence of a prohibited drug.
While the dog was indicating her, the accused attempted to move her purse away from the dog.
The facts said the accused's male friend also attempted to create a scene to hinder police and later admitted he was attempting to distract police from searching Osborne.
During a search of her purse a green and white MDMA pill was found in the front zipper.
It was a very small quantity and she was holding it for another.Solicitor Evan Dowd
The court heard she originally told police "that's not really my purse" but later said it was her purse and wallet, making full admissions to knowingly possessing a prohibited drug.
Osborne's solicitor, Evan Dowd, said his client had been to a presentation for her rugby team that night. He said the pill was not his client's but her friend's.
"It was a very small quantity and she was holding it for another."
Mr Dowd said his client was studying policing and "this does not assist her", adding referees spoke highly of her.
Police prosecutor Brett Donaghy said it "beggars belief" that someone who wants to be a police officer would do "one of the most stupid things".
Magistrate Cate Follent agreed, saying "you have ambitions of being a police officer but your foolhardy behaviour beggars belief".
Ms Follent placed Osborne on a 12-month conditional release order without conviction.
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