Eyebrow queen Kristin Fisher told a judge one of her children must have lost a court attendance notice as she tried to justify why she failed to appear at three separate hearings.
The glamorous 36-year-old was ‘mortified’ when she was convicted in absence for drug possession after she was caught in a drug dealer’s car in Bondi on July 17.
Magistrate Ross Hudson said on Wednesday at Waverley Local Court he gave her the benefit on the doubt twice before finally opting to proceed with the conviction.
He overturned his own ruling and annulled the conviction, having considered her reasoning for failing to attend.
The paperwork for her drug charge disappeared from it’s spot on the fridge, which Fisher said was likely the handiwork of one of her two children, aged six and eight.
‘She put the yellow slip on the fridge door with a magnet, she thinks one of the kids took it (and) everyday she has checked in the mailbox for the letter to come as the police officer had indicated and nothing arrived,’ her solicitor Michael Bowe told the court.
After her first no-show, Mr Hudson ordered notices be sent to Fisher’s address informing her that she’d missed court and that he’d rescheduled it for August 24.
Eyebrow queen Kristin Fisher has explained to a court she made a ‘dreadful mistake’ when she was caught in the backseat of a cocaine dealer’s car, and promised she would never use drugs again
The yellow slip also disappeared from it’s spot on the fridge, which Fisher said was likely the handiwork of one of her two children, aged six and eight (pictured)
When the date rolled around and both Fisher and her lawyer were nowhere to be seen, he again arranged for letters to be sent in the mail.
An email was also sent to the web address she provided to police, the court heard.
Fisher interjected during proceedings on Wednesday to insist she hadn’t seen any warnings about needing to attend court.
‘Can I ask how the email address is spelt? Because I didn’t get it,’ she said.
Mr Bowe immediately turned around and lifted his hand, indicating she should be silent.
He said Fisher received an initial yellow slip which listed key details on it and ‘stuck it on her fridge’ upon returning home on the night of July 17.
There, she ‘sat in silence for hours… deeply embarrassed [and] vowed to never do it again’.
Fisher interjected during proceedings on Wednesday to insist she hadn’t seen any warnings about needing to attend court
Magistrate Hudson said Fisher’s failure to appear in court on two occasions before he convicted her amounted to nothing more than ‘a case of mismanagement’
An official notice was due to come in the mail in the days to follow, but Fisher insists she never received it.
Mr Hudson said it appeared to be a ‘case of mismanagement’ and that the excuse provided led him to believe she was ‘just waiting for the postman to turn up’ without taking initiative to follow up on her court case.
But he agreed it was in the interests of justice to give her an opportunity to produce or formulate an argument before the court and present her case.
Her conviction was annulled on the spot and within 15 minutes, she had returned to the courtroom with two character references, an apology letter and a guilty plea.
‘I made a dreadful mistake… I remember going home and sitting in silence for hours and I was deeply embarrassed. I have vowed I will never do it again,’ Fisher said in the letter.
Fisher (pictured with famous friends Ruby Tuesday Matthews and Lily Brown) was found in the passenger seat of a drug dealer’s Kia Rio ‘frantically’ trying to evade police on July 17
One of the character references was provided by Shelley Sullivan (pictured), the founder and CEO of ModelCo makeup. Ms Sullivan, along with another industry friend, wrote in their references they would support Fisher regardless of the conviction and spoke to her good character
One of the character references was provided by Shelley Sullivan, the founder and CEO of ModelCo makeup.
Ms Sullivan, along with another industry friend, wrote in their references they would support Fisher regardless of the conviction and spoke to her good character.
Through the letters, Magistrate Hodgson got a sense of Fisher’s close relationships and her background serving the community.
‘Her referees speak glowingly of her, she’s a community person who gives back from the success she’s had in her business,’ Mr Bowe said, noting her fundraising appeal to gift $250,000 to firefighters and intent to donate proceeds of her sales to charity.
Fisher and Ms Sullivan shared mutual friend Michele Singh, who tragically ended her own life after a dinner with Fisher early in 2021.
The glamorous 36-year-old celebrity eyebrow artist appeared in Waverley Local Court on Wednesday hoping the magistrate would wipe her record
The court heard Ms Singh’s death had deeply affected the mother-of-two, having ‘never experienced anything like that before’.
She was also struggling with the closure of her business due to Covid, which she’d spent the better part of 10 years growing.
‘She wakes up every morning worrying about what’s happening,’ Mr Bowe said. ‘It’s been an extremely difficult time for her, as it has been for everybody.
‘[Fisher] employs 12 people and can’t operate through Zoom. There is no income and while the government has been good, it hasn’t gone all the way to cover her bills and outcomes.’
Her primary concern about potentially having a conviction recorded against her name was how it would impact her moving forward.
In January 2021, Fisher endured a personal tragedy when one of her close friends, Michele Singh (pictured together), took her own life hours after the pair had dinner together
The court heard Fisher treats one of her employees to a business trip to the United States each year, where she enrolls them in cosmetic laser courses to learn from industry leaders.
She feared a conviction would hinder her chances of being granted a visa for those trips.
The 36-year-old was convicted in her absence a fortnight ago when she failed to turn up to court on three occasions after being charged with drug possession.
The mother-of-two was found in the passenger seat of a drug dealer’s Kia Rio ‘frantically’ trying to evade police on July 17, with two bags of cocaine at her feet.
Mr Hudson accepted the guilty plea and said no conviction would be recorded if Fisher was of good behaviour for six months.
She must pay $1,500 in fines, including $1,000 for breaching COVID lockdown orders.
‘Your reputation is what you’re riding on,’ he said. ‘In terms of who you are and what you do, it’s about your reputation.
‘Not withstanding the years and years to build your reputation it takes seconds to destroy it. Hopefully you can now reflect on that.’
Fisher admitted she’s had a tough few months after enduring a break up, losing a close friend to suicide and watching her business struggle to stay afloat during Covid
TIMELINE OF KRISTIN FISHER’S TUMULUOUS 18-MONTHS
August 2019: Fisher renews her vows with Chris Barnes in Las Vegas after 10 years as a couple and seven years married.
June 2020: Fisher was forced to deny rumours she had an affair with her hairdresser, Tom Cole.
She revealed she’d separated from her husband months after returning home from the United States and that Cole was also no longer with his wife.
January 2021: Fisher’s close friend and former staff member Michele Singh dies by suicide hours after the pair had dinner together.
July 2021: Fisher is caught with cocaine at her feet inside a teenage drug dealer’s car, in breach of Covid lockdown public health orders.
August 2021: Celebrity brow artist reveals she will start treating clients in a Double Bay park after finding an apparent loophole in the Covid restrictions.
12 September, 2021: Fisher goes public with her new boyfriend, Jack Mann, by sharing sweet snaps on Instagram.
21 September, 2021: Fisher is convicted of drug possession in Waverley Local Court after failing to appear. Her lawyer reveals they will be seeking to have the conviction overturned.
28 September, 2021: It is revealed Fisher and her former best friend, socialite Nadia Fairfax, no longer follow each other on Instagram.