Spared: Australian Idol winner Kate DeAraugo has avoided a conviction after pleading guilty to drug driving, possessing the drug ice and carrying weapons

Australian Idol’s Kate DeAraugo is SPARED a conviction

Australian Idol winner Kate DeAraugo has avoided a conviction after pleading guilty to drug driving, possessing the drug ice and carrying weapons.

The 32-year-old was handed a 12-month community correction order in the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court last Friday after pleading guilty to eight charges.

She was also disqualified from driving for a minimum of six months.

Spared: Australian Idol winner Kate DeAraugo has avoided a conviction after pleading guilty to drug driving, possessing the drug ice and carrying weapons

Spared: Australian Idol winner Kate DeAraugo has avoided a conviction after pleading guilty to drug driving, possessing the drug ice and carrying weapons

After handing down the order, the Bendigo magistrate warned DeAraugo that she would serve ‘a long period in custody’ if she continued to commit drug-related offenses, the Newcastle Herald reported.

The former Young Divas singer was busted by police allegedly carrying .43 grams of ice in Shepparton on June 10 this year, according to The Shepparton News.

Police also allege she was caught five days later with ice, and that she was illegally carrying a large knife and a tomahawk.

Hearing: After handing down the order, the Bendigo magistrate warned DeAraugo that she would serve 'a long period in custody' if she continued to commit drug-related offenses, the Newcastle Herald reported (pictured leaving Bendigo Magistrates' Court)

Hearing: After handing down the order, the Bendigo magistrate warned DeAraugo that she would serve ‘a long period in custody’ if she continued to commit drug-related offenses, the Newcastle Herald reported (pictured leaving Bendigo Magistrates’ Court)

She was reportedly also caught driving under the influence of drugs and had faced up to 15 years in jail.

Magistrate Michael King told DeAraugo there were concerns surrounding the fact that she had been found with weapons on several occasions.

‘You must be aware of the consequences, having been dealt with once on this sort of charge. It’s also a concern that, on several occasions, you were found with weapons,’ the Newcastle Herald reported.

Busted: The former Young Divas singer was busted by police allegedly carrying .43 grams of ice in Shepparton on June 10 this year, according to The Shepparton News

Busted: The former Young Divas singer was busted by police allegedly carrying .43 grams of ice in Shepparton on June 10 this year, according to The Shepparton News

‘I accept there were explanations given, but the combination of drugs and weapons is not a good one.’

‘You’re a young woman, you’ve got your life ahead of you and the potential to address these issues and stop this path you’ve started on. Continuing use of drugs can lead to decades of dysfunction and misery for yourself and your family,’ he said.

Earlier this year music manager Tony Southwell, who had previously worked with DeAraugo, described her legal woes as ‘awful.’

‘It’s very, very sad because she’s a beautiful young woman with an incredible gift,’ he told New Idea.

Rise to fame: DeAraugo won Australian Idol in 2005, later going on to sing as part of girl group Young Divas, which also starred former Idol contestants Paulini, Ricki-Lee Coulter and Emily Williams

Rise to fame: DeAraugo won Australian Idol in 2005, later going on to sing as part of girl group Young Divas, which also starred former Idol contestants Paulini, Ricki-Lee Coulter and Emily Williams

‘She’s had a really tough time, but I thought she was over all that stuff. This is awful.’

DeAraugo won Australian Idol in 2005, later going on to sing as part of girl group Young Divas, which also starred former Idol contestants Paulini, Ricki-Lee Coulter and Emily Williams.

In the past the reality TV star has struggled with her weight, undergoing gastric sleeve surgery in 2012.

Struggles: In the past the reality TV star has struggled with her weight, undergoing gastric sleeve surgery in 2012 (pictured in September 2008)

Struggles: In the past the reality TV star has struggled with her weight, undergoing gastric sleeve surgery in 2012 (pictured in September 2008)

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