A woman was horrified after she returned from a two week holiday to find ice addicts had moved into her house, a court had heard.
Melissa Tiria Ruru, 47, broke into the home on Macleay Island in Moreton Bay in south-east Queensland on April 12 while the owner was away.
‘Police entered the residence with the victim and observed dirty dishes in the sink, the house was in a disarray and appeared to have been lived in while she was away,’ Police prosecutor Emily Ollenburg said.
Melissa Tiria Ruru (pictured) pleaded guilty to being found without lawful excuse in a house
The 47-year-old fled from a property on Macleay Island (pictured) after the homeowner returned home from a holiday
Ruru was arrested on Coochiemudlo Island and told police she had visited a friend at the Macleay Island home.
The mother-of-seven was found to have been on a good behaviour bond while she was using illicit drugs in the home.
Defence solicitor Stephanie Tsimos said Ruru had fallen into drug addiction after two of her adult children passed away in 2015 and 2016 and did not think before entering the home.
‘She accepts that she should have made inquiries and that she was naive to stay there,’ Ms Tsimos said.
Ruru pleaded guilty to being found without lawful excuse in a house, according to The Courier Mail.
Magistrate Deborah Vasta sentenced Ruru to 12 months probation and urged her to turn her life around.
‘Drugs don’t solve problems; they make them worse and create new ones,’ she said.
Cleveland Magistrates Court heard Ruru had been using ice in the house with a friend while the resident was away