How Bada Bing Café owner accidently sold marijuana brownies to a young family – and mum, two kids, aged 5 and 3, were rushed to hospital when they started to HALLUCINATE
- A café owner has been found guilty of selling drug-packed brownies to a family
- Mum Sharon Hoysted and her two kids felt unwell after dining at Bada Bing Cafe
- They went to hospital and tests showed tetrahydrocannabinol in their systems
A café owner has been found guilty of selling marijuana-packed brownies to a family-of-four during a brunch trip that finished in hospital.
Nathan Sharp mistakenly sold two of the chocolate baked sweets to Michael Maxwell, Sharon Hoysted and kids Emily, 5, and Thomas, 3, as they dined at his Bada Bing Cafe in Woodlands, Perth, in March 2019.
Ms Hoysted and the children ate the treat and upon returning home, Emily began to feel ill, The West Australian reported.
The family visited the hospital and the three who nibbled on the brownies were later found to have tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in their systems.
THC is the psychoactive substance that produces the ‘high’ feeling associated with smoking marijuana and can also lead to central nervous system depression.
A café owner has been found guilty of selling drug-packed brownies to a family-of-four during a brunch trip that finished in hospital (stock image)
Nathan Sharp (pictured) sold two of the chocolate baked sweets to Michael Maxwell, Sharon Hoysted and kids Emily, 5, and Thomas, 3
The Perth Magistrate’s Court was told that Emily complained her ‘eyes weren’t right’ as her vision was jumping and changing colour and she continued to ‘demonstrate unusual behaviour’.
On the way to the hospital, the five-year-old was ‘screaming’ and her worried mum was unable to track her pulse as it was ‘too fast’.
While at Perth Children’s Hospital, three-year-old Thomas also began to feel unwell, was pale in appearance and slept for an unusual three hours.
Ms Hoysted sought treatment herself once she began to hallucinate and went to hospital.
The trio were found to have THC in their systems following urinalysis and blood tests but a urine test on Mr Maxwell found that he was negative for THC.
Mr Maxwell did not eat the brownies.
He went back to the cafe the following day and purchased another brownie. Testing showed it was positive for THC.
The family were dining at Sharp’s Bada Bing Cafe in Woodlands, Perth, in March 2019
Sharp said it was his sister’s job to bake the brownies at the café. He earlier pleaded not guilty to two charges of selling unsuitable food.
The café owner allegedly told a police officer the marijuana-laced brownies must have gotten mixed up with the ones for sale at the café after he baked some with ‘mull butter’ – cannabis-infused butter – he received from a friend.
Sharp denied this in his testimony and said he actually took the brownies on a family trip to Rottnest Island, before eventually throwing them out.
Magistrate Lynette Dias said Sharp’s story was ‘far-fetched and fanciful and I do not believe or accept it’.
Sharp was fined $15,000 and ordered to pay $25,000 in costs following his conviction.
He spoke outside court and revealed he attended to appeal the decision.
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