Thief too poor to buy food

A WOMAN who stole food from Coles because she couldn’t afford to feed herself was sentenced in Gladstone Magistrates Court last Thursday.

Lenore Madonna Ruler didn’t appear but entered a guilty plea in writing to a charge of unauthorized dealing of shop goods.

Police prosecutor Constable Troy Daubaras said the 51-year-old stole $65 worth of groceries from Coles.

“She paid for some items but put another $65 worth of items in a green shopping bag and told the cashier she had purchased the items earlier,” Const Daubaras said.

Magistrate Damian Carroll fined Ruler $200 or three days jail in her absence and recorded a conviction.

“The defendant has a previous history of dishonesty offences,” Mr Carroll said.

Also, a man who was required to report to police once a year but failed to do so was charged with failure to comply with reporting.

Mark David Nixon pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court last Thursday to the offence.

Police attended Nixon’s workplace on August 5 and charged Nixon with the offence after records showed he had failed to report in May.

Duty lawyer Brad Krebs said his client was a bit confused about his reporting conditions but had clarified those conditions with police now.

“It was a misunderstanding, not a flagrant breach,” Mr Krebs said.

Magistrate Carroll fined Nixon $375 or five days in jail with a conviction recorded.

“It is a technicality of a breach and a genuine misunderstanding,” Mr Carroll said.

Meanwhile, Jeffrey McCarrtney pleaded guilty to driving without a licence SPER suspended.

He was intercepted on the Dawson Highway at midday on July 7 and his licence had been suspended on May 22.

The defendant was fined $150 and disqualified from driving for one month.   



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