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Media 'impacted Tilley's mental health'

AAP logoAAP 9/08/2016 By Andi Yu

A young woman embroiled in an ICAC probe into NSW prosecutor Margaret Cunneen has escaped a conviction for cocaine possession but is bearing mental scars from incessant media attention.

Sophia Alexandra Tilley, the former girlfriend of Ms Cunneen's son Stephen Wyllie, on Tuesday avoided a conviction for possessing 0.3 of a gram of cocaine and was handed a 12-month good behaviour bond by a Sydney magistrate.

The 26-year-old Double Bay woman was arrested on April 8 in the eastern Sydney suburb of Bellevue Hill when police in an unmarked car found a white powder in a small plastic bag in her handbag, which was confirmed to be cocaine, court documents say.

Ms Tilley pleaded guilty to the offence.

At Waverley Local Court on Tuesday, magistrate Michael Barko said an "ad nauseam amount of media" had negatively impacted Ms Tilley's mental health.

"It is only very rarely that young people get so much publicity for these types of offences," Mr Barko said.

He said Ms Tilley had undergone rehabilitation and was well-regarded by others.

As she left court, Ms Tilley was surrounded by reporters, photographers and TV cameras but refused to answer any questions.

She was catapulted into the media spotlight when Ms Cunneen was accused by the corruption watchdog of advising Ms Tilley to fake chest pains to avoid a breath test at the scene of a car crash in 2014.

ICAC was forced to drop the probe into the NSW deputy crown prosecutor after the High Court ruled it had overstepped its jurisdiction.

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