Big spender gets time be­hind bars

The Queensland Times - - COURT NEWS -

A SPEND­ING spree on a stolen bankcard ended cost­ing an Ip­swich woman time in jail.

Ip­swich Mag­is­trates Court heard Amanda Watts racked up a bill of $854 on the card in a mat­ter of hours.

The mum of five brought gro­ceries and al­co­hol from stores at Red­bank Plains shop­ping cen­tre and in other stores in the area.

Amanda Jane Watts, 34, from Bras­sall, pleaded guilty to 13 counts of fraud to­talling $854.97 on April 15; as well as charges of re­ceiv­ing tainted prop­erty; steal­ing; and pos­ses­sion of dan­ger­ous drugs.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Ricky Tsoi said Watts had his­tory for drug and dis­hon­esty of­fences and pre­vi­ously been sub­ject to a sus­pended jail sen­tence.

Mag­is­trate Tracy Mos­sop said Watts re­ceived a 15-month jail term in Fe­bru­ary 2016 with im­me­di­ate pa­role re­lease and did not re­of­fend un­til af­ter her pa­role ended.

The court heard one of the re­ceiv­ing of­fences in­volved a stolen mo­tor­cy­cle.

Ms Mos­sop also said Watts re­ceived a mo­bile phone, “some­one’s wal­let”, and a bankcard.

Watts was sen­tenced to a to­tal of 12 months and 21 days in jail.

With 55 days spent in pre­sen­tence cus­tody de­clared, Watts was re­leased on pa­role.

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