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A TRIO of drug traffickers were regularly
selling large quantities of methamphetamine in
the Riverland and contributing to the suffering
caused by illegal drugs in rural communities, the
Adelaide District Court heard recently.
The three drug traffickers – Randall John
Pope, of Barmera, Joseph Charles Henry, of
Berri, and Nicole Louise Tilbrook, of Barmera –
were arrested in November 2015 during a police
investigation targeting illegal drug use in the
Henry and Pope were both arrested in 2015
when police found 7.48g of methamphetamine
in the vehicle the pair were travelling in near
Pope was handed a prison sentence of five
years and five months with a non-parole period
of three years and six months for his involvement
in 17 deals related to methamphetamine between
April and September 2015.
District Court Judge Paul Cuthbertson said
during his sentence remarks that Pope was prob-
ably acting as a street-level dealer and a prison
sentence was necessary due to the seriousness of
Henry pleaded guilty to 13 counts relating to
16 dealings involving methylamphetamine and
cannabis between April and July 2015.
Sentence remarks outlined how Henry had
dealt drugs to feed his own addiction.
Judge Cuthbertson said that by trafficking
drugs, Henry had caused others to become entan-
gled in web which had led to his own troubles.
“For that reason courts must give sentences
which will deter others from trying to make
money by preying on vulnerable people,” he said.
Henry was handed a prison sentence of four
years and two months with a non-parole period
of two years and one month.
Tilbrook’s conduct came to light through tel-
ephone intercepts that indicated she was buying
“large” quantities of ice and transporting it to the
Riverland, where she would sell the product to
Judge Cuthbertson said Tilbrook had contrib-
uted to the suffering of those addicted to illegal
substances and their families, before handing her
a 33-month prison sentence.
“The regional communities of South Australia,
it is well-known, have been devastated by the
rampant use of methamphetamine,” he said.
The maximum penalty for trafficking a con-
trolled drug is 10 years imprisonment or a
$50,000 fine, or both.
Drugs trio jailed
THREE guinea pigs were
snatched from a local childcare
centre just over a week ago
in what has been described
as a senseless and upsetting
Staff at the Renmark
Children’s Centre noticed the
guinea pigs’ enclosure “in an
absolute mess” and upon fur-
ther inspection noticed three of
the eight pets were missing.
It is believed the animals,
called Lollipop, Squirt and
Dumbo, were taken sometime
between 6pm on Friday, April
7, and 8.30am on Monday,
Renmark Children’s Centre
director Gale Hansen said it
was an “upsetting” incident for
the centre and it was important
to report it to police.
“We’re trying to teach the
children respect and how to
show care towards animals,
each other and property,” she
“We thought we can’t just
allow it to happen and not have
“For the children, the ani-
mals have been a part of their
pre-school program and their
“These were actual living
creatures that we were meant
to be caring for. This was wil-
ful damage and hurtful damage
“It goes against everything
we stand for and the guinea
pigs are their friends. The chil-
dren have nurtured and loved
In a letter to the students’
parents, Ms Hansen said the
remaining guinea pigs were
left “extremely traumatised”.
Ms Hansen said having the
police visit the centre was a
significant teaching moment
for the students.
“The local police came and
they were fantastic. It was real-
ly good for the children to see,”
“It was a really good learn-
ing opportunity to see the
police personnel caring for the
community and to show the
children the police can help
research and look into things
that are lost.
“We wanted the commu-
nity to know what happened,
especially moving into school
holidays, so everyone can keep
an eye out on not just the child-
care centre but schools and
pre-schools in general.”
Ms Hansen said one of the
student’s fathers who works for
Stratco has offered to build the
remaining guinea pigs a new
home to keep them safe.
Anyone with information
regarding the missing ani-
mals is urged to contact Crime
Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Renmark Children’s Centre students Scarlett Topperwien, Quinn Dowling and Lily McLeod, all 4, look into the enclosure where the
centre’s beloved guinea pigs Lollipop, Squirt and Dumbo were taken from. PHOTO: Christian Longobardi
Guinea pigs go missing
It goes against everything we
stand for and the guinea pigs are
their friends. The children have
nurtured and loved them...
- Gale Hansen
Renmark Children’s Centre director
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