Burns victim Dana Vulin could be prevented from travelling overseas for treatment after she was fined and convicted for a string of drug offences this morning.
Vulin did not appear in Perth Magistrate's Court today where she was fined $3250 after pleas of guilty to six charges of possessing a prohibited drug were accepted in her absence.
The charges were laid before she was injured in a burns attack on February 16 when she was allegedly doused in methylated spirits and set alight in her Rivervale apartment.
Police raided Vulin's apartment in November last year and discovered a number of illicit drugs, including LSD, cocaine, MDMA tablets and 20.29g of methamphetamine, the court was told.
Police also discovered digital scales containing traces of methamphetamine.
Today, Vulin's lawyer Lana Paxman unsuccessfully argued for a spent conviction saying her client may need to travel to the United States and China to access treatment for her injuries and having a conviction for drug offences could impede her ability to enter other countries where a visa may be required.
She added that rehabilitation was an important part of Vulin's recovery.
She told the court Vulin received burns to 60 per cent of her body in the alleged attack and still needed to wear a compression suit day and night.
Vulin suffered from painful and debilitating contractions and is still unable to dress herself, prepare meals or go to the toilet unassisted, Ms Paxman said.
"She requires two massages a day... she has had to learn to walk all over again," Ms Paxman told the court.
In arguing for a spent conviction, Ms Paxman said Vulin had engaged in drug counselling before the offences and said it was unlikely she would reoffend.
"She can't go to the toilet by herself, let alone pack a meth pipe and light it," she said.
Chief Magistrate Steven Heath said the offences were serious and involved possession of a substantial quantity of methamphetamine as well as an "assortment of other drugs".In refusing Vulin a spent conviction, he accepted that Vulin's circumstances may prevent her from reoffending but he said although she may need to travel for treatment, there was nothing presented to him to indicate that services in Australia and other countries were not adequate.
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