Evicted mum on drug  charges
Big mess: The State housing property in Wilson. Picture: Supplied

A matriarch who along with some of her nine children was recently evicted from taxpayer-funded housing after allegedly running a $50,000 damage bill has been accused of being part of a drug-dealing network and involving relatives in the illegal racket.

Robyn Lee Stratton was yesterday refused bail on 57 charges ranging from supplying drugs to stealing and fraud.

Ms Stratton, who the Perth Magistrate's Court was told denied the allegations, last month allegedly left a Department of Housing property in Wilson with damage and cleaning costs of $50,000.

It was also alleged she and her family had accrued $6510 in debt and owed $27,000 for previous tenancies and rent.

The Strattons last month protested against their latest eviction, saying they had turned their behaviour around and more support was needed to help Aboriginal families in crisis stay in public housing.

Yesterday, prosecutors opposed Ms Stratton's bid to be released back to her family, offering the court copies of phone calls intercepted by police who claim she was dealing drugs and encouraging her family to take part.

Ms Stratton shook her head through the proceedings with her lawyer saying she denied the allegations and that questions remained about who was speaking in the calls and whether they were using a code for drugs at all.

The lawyer said that if the conversations were about drugs, it was possible the caller was inflating their own importance and bluffing rather than revealing the true nature of their role.

He said his client was certain at least two of the phone numbers intercepted were not hers.

Magistrate Peter Malone noted that before receiving the transcripts he thought the charges were not serious enough to prevent Ms Stratton's release on a strict surety. But after reviewing the material he had concerns about the seriousness of the allegations and strength of the case.

He said though questions were yet to be answered about identity and the existence of a code, the case taken at its highest suggested Ms Stratton had a "significant" role in a drug network.

The case was adjourned to April 23.

The West Australian

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