SA mum and hairdresser Renae O’Bryan pleads guilty to selling meth in Whyalla

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How a mother-of-two’s life spiralled out of control when the hairdresser started using meth and setting up drug deals for her boyfriend – as she now faces time behind bars

  • SA mum Renae O’Bryan faces a potential jail sentence for selling meth
  • O’Bryan saw her life fall apart after a former partner took custody of her boys¬†
  • She began using meth and helping her partner sell the drug, a court heard
  • Her lawyers argued against a jail term saying O’Bryan has her life back on track¬†

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A mother-of-two who had owned a hairdressing business is now facing time behind bars after her life crumbled into despair, addiction and drug dealing.

Renae Elma O’Bryan, 34, spiralled down the dark path after a former partner took custody of their two boys, the Adelaide District Court heard.

The qualified hairdresser was so distraught she turned to smoking to smoking ice to cope and eventually began selling the drug with her new boyfriend in the coastal town of Whyalla.

But in 2020, her and the new man in her life Simon Caldwell, were caught with 7g of meth and charged with drug trafficking. They both pleaded guilty.

Adelaide mother-of-two Renae O'Bryan saw her life disintegrate when she lost custody of her boys, a court heard

Adelaide mother-of-two¬†Renae O’Bryan saw her life disintegrate when she lost custody of her boys, a court heard

The qualified hairdresser (pictured) was so distraught she turned to smoking to smoking ice to cope and eventually began selling the drug with her new boyfriend in the coastal town of Whyalla

The qualified hairdresser (pictured) was so distraught she turned to smoking to smoking ice to cope and eventually began selling the drug with her new boyfriend in the coastal town of Whyalla

The qualified hairdresser (pictured) was so distraught she turned to smoking to smoking ice to cope and eventually began selling the drug with her new boyfriend in the coastal town of Whyalla 

According to her lawyers a pivotal moment in O’Bryan’s life came when her former partner, who had fathered O’Bryan’s two boys, got back in contact with her in 2016 and 17 and eventually took their children to live in Victoria,¬†the Adelaide Advertiser reported.

This caused O’Bryan to ‘lose hope’ and she turned to the drug ice to numb her emotional pain, defence lawyer Raffaele Piccolo told court heard.

‘As time went on she became more depressed, more anxious about the situation,’ Mr Piccolo said.

‘In her own words, she effectively gave up caring about life.’

O’Bryan, whose hairdressing business eventually failed,¬†started helping Calwell sell drug by fielding telephone calls from buyers looking to set up deals.

Prosecutor Georgina Nicholson acknowledged that O’Bryan did not receive money directly from the dealing.¬†

O'Bryan's lawyers are arguing for a suspended jail sentence, saying she has got her life back on track

O'Bryan's lawyers are arguing for a suspended jail sentence, saying she has got her life back on track

O’Bryan’s lawyers are arguing for a suspended jail sentence, saying she has got her life back on track

O'Bryan has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking after she became emmeshed in her partner's meth dealing

O'Bryan has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking after she became emmeshed in her partner's meth dealing

O’Bryan has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking after she became emmeshed in her partner’s meth dealing

‘The accused did not stand to directly profit from the sale of methamphetamine, although she indirectly benefited as she was the domestic partner of Mr Caldwell and he derived an income from the sale of methamphetamine,’ Ms Nicholson said.

Mr Piccolo argued that¬†Judge Ian Press should take her personal situation into account give¬†O’Bryan a suspended jail sentence.

The lawyer also said his client had now come full circle and started to turn her life around. 

The court heard O’Bryan is no long using meth and is training to be a nail¬†technician.¬†

Judge Press will sentence O’Bryan later this month, along with Caldwell.¬†