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Sawyer 'jumped' on train to Kings Cross

AAP logoAAP 18/08/2016 By Andi Yu

An 18-year-old university student from western Sydney jumped on a train and went to the city's "riskiest place" where she became a sex worker and got involved in drugs, a judge has told a court.

Madeline Christine Sawyer, now 19, sat in the dock at Campbelltown District Court on Thursday, mascara running down her teary face, as she listened to a judge describe her depression, eating disorder and ultimate foray into cocaine, methamphetamine and MDMA after she turned 18.

Judge John Pickering spared Sawyer jail time, instead handing her an 18-month intensive corrections order for three drug supply and possession offences.

Police found 10.6 grams of cocaine, 28 ice capsules and 10.7 grams of opaque ice shards at her Sydney home last October.

Officers also found $3360 cash, but Sawyer always maintained that was her earnings from legal sex work at Kings Cross, the judge said.

"She just jumped on a train and went to the riskiest place," Judge Pickering said, describing how her Kings Cross life began.

He said he did not judge Sawyer for her involvement in sex work, but was concerned because the industry was heavily linked to drugs.

He said jail time could have been an option, but Sawyer's early guilty pleas, her remorse and effort to get herself off drugs through multiple rehabilitation programs discounted her sentence and convinced him society was better off if she stayed in the community and became "a better person".

The ICO includes regular drug testing, mental health counselling and monitoring of Sawyer's progress in finding employment.

"People have had worse things in their life happen," he told Sawyer as she stood to face him in the dock.

"You've got your whole life in front of you.

"Stay off the drugs."

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