Grand­child keeps mum on thiev­ery

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Times News - Kate Field­ing

A Mar­garet River woman who re­fused to par­tic­i­pate in a pre-sen­tence as­sess­ment or say any­thing about steal­ing more than $12,000 from her grand­mother has been given a com­mu­nity-based or­der.

Joanne Louise Stan­ley failed to ap­pear at her trial in Bus­sel­ton Mag­is­trate’s Court last Wed­nes­day and was later ar­rested by po­lice and brought be­fore the Bun­bury Mag­is­trate’s Court the next day, where she changed her pre­vi­ous not-guilty pleas to guilty on 17 steal­ing charges, and ad­mit­ted breach­ing bail for fail­ing to ap­pear the pre­vi­ous day.

The court was told Stan­ley trans­ferred be­tween $539 and $750 from her grand­mother’s ac­count on 17 oc­ca­sions be­tween March 1 and April 18, 2016 for a to­tal of $12,052.

Mag­is­trate Evan Shack­le­ton asked Stan­ley — who was self rep­re­sented — if she wanted to say any­thing about her of­fend­ing, to which she replied: “I’m sorry . . . I don’t want to say why”.

Stan­ley was sen­tenced to a 12month or­der with su­per­vi­sion and pro­gram re­quire­ments and or­dered to pay back $12,052.

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