A man whose toddlers were used to smuggle drugs into prison while he was on remand was yesterday jailed for a year.
Clement, 20, unemployed, pleaded guilty in New Plymouth District Court to two charges of driving while disqualified, receiving stolen property, and possessing methamphetamine, cannabis and glass pipes, The Taranaki Daily News reported.
He had been on remand in New Plymouth prison for two months, and the mother of his children Renee Rangiuia was yesterday sentenced to community work after admitting trying to get drugs and contraband to him.
The drugs, hidden inside the clothing of children aged three and one, was found when Rangiuia was stopped and searched by corrections staff.
Judge Allan Roberts said he suspected Clement, who had no legitimate means of support and for several years had been addicted to methamphetamine, was living off drug deals and dishonesty.
Lawyer Julian Hannam said Clement now wanted to put his “nonsense” behind him and be a good father to his children. He would embrace release conditions, Mr Hannam said.
“That’s a bit rich that he wants to be a good father,” Judge Roberts said.
He conceded Clement had not been charged with an offence related to the children being used to smuggle the drugs and contraband into prison.