A woman has been remanded in custody partly because all suitable support and supervisory programs for the drug treatment order sentencing option have been wound down because of the coronavirus.
Shannon Louise Brown pleaded guilty to several charges included aggravated burglary last week.
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She was due to be sentenced in the Supreme Court in Launceston by Justice Robert Pearce.
Defence counsel Lucy Flanagan told Justice Pearce that Brown was seeking to be sentenced to a drug treatment order with a residential condition that she live with a family member.
However, the family members had reservations unless Brown was under the supervision of a program.
But Dan Goss from the court Mandated Drug Diversion program told the court that the Bridge program or any other support services were not taking any new clients.
"It is disappointing but most of the services have shut up and are offering only telephone support in exceptional cases," he said.
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He said urine analysis was not happening because of coronavirus demands and telephone counselling was not happening.
Justice Pearce offered Brown two alternatives: a two week adjournment to see if any support services became available or to proceed to sentence.
"Even if I to release her to her relative on a drug treatment order I cannot see her getting the supervision and assistance would be required," he said.
"And things are getting worse rather than better."
Brown opted for a two week adjournment and Justice Pearce postponed sentencing until April 29 at 2.15pm.
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