Woman jailed for stolen goods

A YOUNG Gladstone woman with a criminal history was jailed in Gladstone Magistrates Court yesterday.

Lesley Anne Yow Yeh, 22, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of suspected stolen goods. Yow Yeh entered a not guilty plea but it was discovered she had entered a guilty plea at an earlier date and signed a confession, so after talking with the duty lawyer she changed her plea to guilty.

Police prosecutor Constable Troy Daubaras said the offence occurred in Toowoomba on August 13. Police were called to an office at 3.15pm where they discovered an iPod and a digital camera in the defendant’s pocket. The defendant told police she bought the items off a male juvenile the week before for $20 each. She said she knew they had been stolen.

Duty lawyer Brad Krebs said his client was unemployed but studying for a Certificate II in retail.

“I would like you to take into consideration that even though she was charged with this offence eight days after receiving four suspended sentences she actually bought the goods prior to being sentenced,” Mr Krebs said.

“This young woman has four pages of criminal history and is currently on four suspended sentences, I don’t think it makes much difference when she bought the goods,” Magistrate Damian Carroll said.

Mr Carroll sentenced Yow Yeh to 21 days in jail, activating part of her suspended sentences. Her parole release date is November 3.

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