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Breaches lead to jail sentence

A WOMAN was jailed in Gladstone District Court on Wednesday for blatant breaches of her probation and community service orders.

Stephanie Irene Heron pleaded guilty. Crown prosecutor Shaun Gordon said the 26-year-old was originally placed on probation and community service orders on September 22 last year for one count of stealing as a servant, two counts of stealing, four counts of fraud and one count of attempted fraud.

Her barrister, David Murray, said that drugs were the cause of her offending.

Heron had only completed two hours of 150 hours community service, had failed to report to probation on five occasions and failed to attend community service on four occasions.

She had also failed to attend Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) counselling, Anglicare counselling and psychologist appointments.

Crown prosecutor Shaun Gordon said Heron had a disregard for probation and asked for the order to be revoked and to re-sentence Heron on the original charges.

He placed a submission for six to 12 months jail. The defendant asked if she could read a letter she had written to the judge pleading for one last chance.

Judge Koppenol said the breaches were proven and he would revoke the orders and re-sentence Heron for last year's offences.

“When courts make orders for probation and community service they are giving you an opportunity and they expect you to comply,” Judge Koppenol said.

“Your breaches were blatant and you showed complete contempt for the orders.

“These offences are extremely serious and a breach of trust. I take into account your drug addiction and your young son,” he said.

Heron was sentenced to six months jail for each of the offences which were to be concurrent.

Judge Koppenol ordered a parole release date of September 27 this year.



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