Woman stole phone so victim would come to her place
"I WAS talking to somebody and I was lonely."
Not exactly an iron-clad excuse for making off with someone's phone and keys from a nightclub, but it was the excuse offered up by Amanda Louise Freeman in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
Freeman pleaded guilty to two counts of stealing, one on February 19 and the other on February 27, offering a farcical explanation for her actions which was rejected by Magistrate Russell Warfield.
"Both times there was no intent on actually stealing," Freeman told the court.
The first incident took place at Bojangles (now MIe Place) nightclub, at about 11pm on February 19.
CCTV footage observed Freeman pick up a phone and keys from a table and put them in her pocket, after they had been placed down by a man near the pool tables.
A search warrant executed by officers at her Glenlyon St address located the items on Freeman's coffee table, despite her maintaining the victim was supposed to meet her back at her place, and that she had taken the items "because I wanted him (victim) to come back".
On February 27, Freeman was at it again.
This time, due to a high level of intoxication, she picked up a woman's wallet and took money and bank cards from it while at Prouds in Stockland.
Mag Warfield convicted her on both charges and fined her a total of $900.