Grandchild keeps mum on thievery
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.