After being convicted of several criminal charges, drugs and weapons offenses inclusive, the visa of a 41-year-old Thai woman residing in Truganina, Australia has been cancelled.
Last month, Department of Home Affairs’ decision to cancel the Thai woman’s visa was upheld by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).
AAT gathered that the visa cancellation was as a result of the woman’s inability to pass the character test, which is a fundamental part of the Australian Migration Act because she has a significant criminal profile.
On September 1, 2015, the Thai woman was traveling with a companion in a vehicle when stopped by the police who thereafter discovered four bags of the drug ice in their possession. They were rounded up – the Thai woman was charged with the possession of a controlled weapon, trafficking and trading properties alleged to be crime proceeds. She was granted bail to reappear at the Magistrates court in November 2015.
In the same September, 69 cannabis plants, 12 ecstasy tablets, two handguns, snap-lock bags, 476.6 grams of dried cannabis, a book on how to grow marijuana and cash were found by police when they searched the woman’s property in Truganina where she was living with her partner.
She was therefore given two years and nine months jail term after being found guilty of several criminal charges that include trading properties alleged to be crime related, committing an offense that is indictable while on bail, having an unregistered handgun as well as a drug of dependence and the cultivation of narcotic plants in commercial quantity.
She submitted a statement last month, during AAT hearing, stating that she was forced by her former partner to accept the charges in order for her son to be safe and cared for. Nevertheless, AAT went head to cancel her visa on the basis of the nature and seriousness of her conduct.
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