13 July 2023

National Muay Thai champion busted over weapons and drugs spared extra jail time

| Albert McKnight
Felicity Loiterton

Felicity Loiterton, 29, departs after her sentencing in the Magistrates Court on Thursday. Photo: Albert McKnight.

A former national Muay Thai champion had spiralled from using meth to supplying it when she was repeatedly busted over drugs and weapons offences.

But Felicity Loiterton was spared any more time in jail when her near 70 days in custody was backdated and accounted for as time served during her sentencing on Thursday 13 October.

Firstly, police found her with a 9mm gel blaster pistol down her pants along with five tablets of diazepam in a bag in April 2022, the ACT Magistrates Court heard.

In May, police pulled her over while she was driving in Aranda in a random stop and she tested positive for methylamphetamine. There was no evidence she was affected by the drugs and said she had taken them the day before.

Lastly, police raided her Kaleen home on 10 July 2022 and found a gel blaster that looked like a shortened shotgun in a bag in her kitchen, as well as a double-bladed throwing knife, a taser and a butterfly knife in her bedside table.

Also, a conducted energy weapon in the form of a ring was in a cupboard, while there were fireworks on her kitchen table.

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Magistrate Glenn Theakston said she was also found with 0.6 grams of meth and charged with supplying a drug of dependence, which he said was her most serious offence.

“The supply of methylamphetamine is so serious and causes so much harm and destruction to so many lives,” he said.

He said it was clear Loiterton, who the court previously heard had been the Australian flyweight Muay Thai champion, sold for an income and was also a user at the same time.

Felicity ‘Flip’ Loiterton (left) at the weigh in for the 2019 Flyweight Australian Title. Photo: Instagram.

“This is a classic example of the spiral of a person consuming methamphetamine in particular, but illicit substances, looking to feed and fund that habit,” her lawyer Jacob Robertson of JDR Law said.

He said the 29-year-old spent a total of 69 days in custody after her arrest, which was significant as she had no criminal history.

When giving reasons for her April offences, Mr Robertson said a person had taken the gel blaster from her house against her wishes, while the diazepam was from her mother’s prescription and she hadn’t consumed any of it. Diazepam helped her sleep at a time when her meth use was increasing.

For the 10 July offences, Mr Robertson said the meth in her possession was just 0.6 grams, a very low amount. The weapons found in her bedside table had been put there to ensure her son couldn’t access them and had been confiscated from an associate.

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He said his client had a competition this coming weekend for her combat sport and trained up to 22 hours a week before competing.

Loiterton pleaded guilty to and was convicted of charges of supplying a drug of dependence, possessing a declared substance, possessing ammunition, unauthorised possession of prohibited weapons and unauthorised possession of a prohibited dangerous substance.

Magistrate Theaktson sentenced her to three months’ jail, backdated to account for time served and suspended after 69 days for a 12-month good behaviour order. She was also fined $1200.

He also used his discretion to find a drug driving charge proved, but dismissed it. He said it appeared her rehabilitation depended on her ability to care for her family, work, train and study and she required a licence for that.

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