Pregnant bank manager caught up in drug syndicate avoids conviction – because judge ruled she’s suffered enough after losing all her job prospects
- Hanna Glatthor, 24, was given a 18-month probation order in a Cairns court
- She pleaded guilty to holding $219,000 for her future brother-in-law Ryan Hill
- The pregnant mother said she had lost all job prospects due to case exposure
A former bank manager who was caught up in a drug syndicate has avoided conviction after a judge took pity on her because she had lost two jobs.
Hanna Glatthor, 24, admitted laundering $219,000 for her future brother-in-law in Cairns in 2017.
But a judge ruled she had unwittingly been dragged into the drug syndicate and decided not to record a conviction, instead handing her an 18-month good behavior bond.
Her future brother-in-law, Ryan Hill, is due to be sentenced in April as the leader of the syndicate, while her fiance Ethan has not yet entered a plea on drug trafficking charges, according to Cairns Post.
Hanna Glatthor, 24, was given a 18-month probation order in a Cairns court on Thursday after pleading guilty to laundering cash over a 10-month period
Glatthor kept four bags filled with cash – to the tune of $219,000 – for Ryan Hill to collect from another syndicate member, the court was told.
Three phone calls between the pair were also shared with the court.
Sheridan Shaw, the prosecutor, argued the seven-months pregnant woman should have known the money were proceeds of crime – but Justice Jim Henry rejected this.
Defence barrister Martin Longhurst said Glatthor’s fiance told her to ‘mind her own business’ and they repeatedly argued over the money.
He said Glatthor’s brother-in-law was a ‘cancer’ who got her mixed up in his illicit dealings.
Glatthor kept four bags filled with cash for Ryan Hill to collect from another syndicate member, the court was told
Mr Longhurst said the case had caused ‘hysteria’ and his client had lost two jobs as a result.
Justice Henry described her as ‘the dupe who happened to be home’ when the bags of money were delivered.
He also sympathised with her ongoing employment issues.
Glatthor’s fiance Ethan will face court in March.