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Australian Idol winner spared conviction


Australian Idol winner Kate DeAraugo has been spared convictions for drug driving, possessing the illegal drug ice and carrying weapons.

DeAraugo, once a member of pop group the Young Divas, was given a 12-month community correction order and disqualified from driving for six months.

The 32-year-old was sentenced at Bendigo on Friday after pleading guilty to eight offences in October.

DeAraugo was charged with possessing a drug of dependence, namely ice, and drug driving at Shepparton on June 15.

She was also charged with two counts of possessing a controlled weapon, being a large-bladed knife and tomahawk.

The singer also breached her bail by not obeying an 11pm to 7am curfew, when she was found at a BP store at Kyabram, about 100 kilometres from her Bendigo home. Prosecutors withdrew a trafficking charge.

It was not her first brush with the law, having faced traffic and drug charges in Sydney in 2015.

The fallen "idol" shot to fame after winning the TV talent show in 2005, defeating favourite Emily Williams and third-placed "Wasabi" singer Lee Harding.

Aged just 20, she told a packed crowd at the Sydney Opera House and millions on live TV how she never gave up on achieving her dream after being rejected by the Idol judges two years earlier.

DeAraugo then joined girl band Young Divas with Williams, Paulini Curuenavuli, and Ricki-Lee Coulter, releasing two albums and two top-10 singles.

Since then DeAraugo has famously lost half her body weight, tried working as a secretary and wrote a book detailing her fall from grace into drug addiction.

© AAP 2017

Image credit: AAP Image/Joel Carrett

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