No trade with stolen goods

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A WOMAN who sold a stolen phone to a Cash Con­vert­ers store in Sunny Bank Hills has told the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court she wasn’t aware it was stolen at the time.

Leighann Ellen Ward was self-rep­re­sented dur­ing Mon­day’s court pro­ceed­ings and pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud or dis­hon­estly gain­ing a ben­e­fit or ad­van­tage.

The court heard Ward traded a Nokia phone for the sum of $35 at the Cash Con­vert­ers sec­ond-hand store on De­cem­ber 1, 2014.

Pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Smith said it was nearly two weeks later, on De­cem­ber 13, that po­lice be­came aware the phone was stolen.

In June 2015, Ward at­tended Proser­pine Po­lice Sta­tion, where she told the at­tend­ing of­fi­cers she had traded the phone on her daugh­ter’s be­half.

The court heard she re­it­er­ated to po­lice she was un­aware the phone was stolen prop­erty. It was nonethe­less noted she had de­clared it to be her own per­sonal prop­erty when trad­ing it at the Cash Con­vert­ers store.

The court was then told of a sec­ond, sim­i­lar of­fence dat­ing fur­ther back in time.

Ms Smith said on March 8, 2008, Ward had also traded a Nav­man GPS for $90 at the Goodna Cash Con­vert­ers.

The 34-year-old, who lives lo­cally, was fined $550 for each of­fence.

No resti­tu­tion was sought.

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