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Mum avoids life in prison

Mum avoids life in prison

A mother of a one-year-old escaped a sentence of life in prison after she and her partner took to selling LSD and cannabis to pay their way.

Former Hampstead woman Danielle Maree Malyon, 27, appeared before Judge Campbell Savage in the Ashburton District Court on Monday for sentencing.

Malyon was jointly charged with six counts of supplying cannabis and LSD between May and August last year. She faced a maximum sentence of life in prison for the supply of LSD.

Her lawyer Jeffrey McCall said this was Malyon's first offence, adding she was naïve and lacked appreciation of what she was doing.

She did not have a job at the time and her partner had lost his job due to being unvaccinated. They took to selling drugs to pay their way, he said.

Malyon used her real name and posted a photo of herself on group pages to advertise.

Judge Savage said it wasn't hard to catch Malyon and accepted her naivety.

She was sentenced to six months' community detention and six months' supervision.

She was convicted and discharged on an additional charge of possessing a bong for the use of cannabis.