Court grants mum's Christmas wish

MOTHER of six Teena Louise Thurtell was let out of jail yesterday to spend Christmas with her children while she waits to come back before the courts to face drug-dealing charges.

The 29-year-old, who has children ranging in age from 13 to a two-year-old toddler, appeared in Orange Local Court via audio visual link facing 22 charges of drug supply and possession.

She has been in custody since she was arrested on November 9.

Wearing prison greens, Ms Thurtell sat with her head bowed fighting back tears as her solicitor pleaded the case for her client to be released pending her next court appearance in January where police will present a full brief of all the details surrounding the charges laid against Ms Thurtell.

She is charged with supply and possession of ecstasy, amphetamines and cannabis.

Ms Thurtell’s solicitor Mason Manwaring told magistrate Michael Allen his client was prepared to adhere to the strictest of bail conditions and his client’s family could pay the court a security of up to $5000.

“My client’s family are very hard-working people but they are not really in a position to put up more than that,” Mr Manwaring said.

The court settled on a figure of $2500 surety against Ms Thurtell breaching her bail conditions and it was paid at court yesterday before the young mother was released.

The accused has to report to Orange Police Station every day until her next court appearance.

“You must also be of good behaviour and any breach of your bail conditions will mean your bail is automatically revoked,” Mr Allen told the accused.

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