Woman bailed over ice

A WOMAN accused of helping run a clandestine drug lab acted out of misguided loyalty to her long-term partner, a court has heard.

Simone Wigney, 27, was yesterday granted bail after spending three months behind bars on ice trafficking and manufacturing charges. 

Police did not oppose bail after her partner and co-accused Nathan­ Hynes was granted bail in a contested application last month, on the condition he comes up with a $40,000 surety. 

The court heard Wigney was living at a Cowra Avenue home with Hynes and his mother when police executed a search warrant on the property in December.

That search allegedly uncovered a clandestine drug laboratory, with equipment and chemicals used to manufacture the drug ice found in a locked shed on the property.

The court heard police also found a number of firearms, two of which were allegedly linked to robberies in the months prior, swords, ammunition and a crossbow.

In an interview with police, Wigney – who said she last used ice two hours before the raid – claimed she used the chemicals to “clean” ice off the cutting agents that she’s allergic to. 

Defence barrister Marcel White said Wigney was in “serious, serious trouble”, with the charges to ultimately end up before the County Court.

He said it was Wigney’s first time in custody and the “clanging of the jail doors” had been a wake-up call for her.

Mr White said Wigney had been co-operative towards police about her own involvement, only giving no comment answers when asked about Hynes’ role.

“(She acted out of) misguided loyalty to someone who’s dragged her down,” he said.

Mr White said Wigney was a woman who desperately needed help and was in a destructive downward spiral at the time.

Magistrate Nunzio La Rosa said there was an issue of parity to consider, with her co-accused having already been granted bail and there being no evidence she played a greater role than him.

Mr La Rosa granted Wigney bail on conditions including she abide by a curfew and live at a static address. 

“It would be metaphorical suicide if you go back to engaging in this behaviour again,” he said.

Wigney and Hynes will appear before court for a committal mention next month. 

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