A Bay pensioner who had a heart attack the day she was
arrested for running a large-scale cannabis operation in her
garage has been sentenced to nine months' home detention.
Sheryl Margaret Kingi, 65, who earlier admitted charges of
cultivating cannabis and possession of cannabis for supply,
was also sentenced to 175 hours' community work in Tauranga
District Court yesterday.
When police searched Kingi's then-Rotorua home on June 11
they found a sophisticated commercial growing set-up
containing 119 plants, 30 seedlings, and 2.37kg cannabis,
worth about $108,150.
Lawyer Des O'Connor said his client was receiving medical
treatment after suffering a heart attack on the day she was
arrested and chronic lung disease.
Mr O'Connor said Kingi's drug offending, which came as a
total surprise to her friends and family, had come on the
heels of her marriage break-up and her inability to continue
to be involved in employment activities, and possibly a bout
Judge Peter Rollo said the usual sanction for such large
scale offending would be prison, but he was prepared to step
back from that given Kingi's lack of prior convictions, good
character, expressions of remorse and her personal
- Sandra Conchie of the Bay of Plenty Times