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‘A tragedy’: Meth mum’s jail win after man’s fatal overdose

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Natasha Cocks, 31, had the rest of her jail sentence suspended by the Court of Appeal on Thursday, due to her positive rehabilitation efforts.Chief Justice Chris Kourakis and Justices David Lovell and Sam Doyle set aside Cocks’ original sentence and sentenced her to two years and 10 months jail, with a non-parole period of one year and four months.The sentence was suspended on a good behaviour bond, with supervision for 18 months.Cocks was sentenced to four years and three months, with a non-parole period of two years by Judge Simon Stretton in August.She served four months in jail before appealing her sentence and was released on supervised bail on December 17.Cocks was investigated after the overdose death of Brad Cooper on November 1, 2019.“Text messages established that you were dealing drugs to him on a regular basis and on that day supplied him with a drug he took, which then killed him,” Judge Stretton said during sentencing.Police found Cocks had been trafficking methamphetamine and marijuana after they raided her house on April 14, 2021.Cocks, who was described by Judge Stretton as a “busy street level dealer”, didn’t know Mr Cooper had died until police spoke to her.The Morphett Vale personal trainer pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and supplying drugs.“It is a tragedy that you would traffic methamphetamine while the mother of children in the house,” Judge Stretton said. Benjamin Armstrong, for Cocks, told the Court of Appeal in January that being in jail had a significant impact on her, including missing milestones in her children’s lives.“She is looking forward to, perhaps unsurprisingly, being a positive influence to her children and the community of course,” he said.“In the prison environment, Ms Cocks was exposed to people who, through the ravages of drugs, have ended up there.“So of course, she has a far deeper understanding now of the effect, the wider effect, of drugs in the community than she did before she was incarcerated.”Mr Armstrong said Cocks had returned three negative drug tests since being released on supervised bail.Mr Armstrong said Cocks, who is “very close” to being fully rehabilitated, is currently looking for work.

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