Teary plea moves judge to grant bail

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - OLIVIA SHY­ING

A WOMAN who al­legedly tried to use false doc­u­ments to with­draw $25,000 from a Gee­long bank has been re­leased from cus­tody af­ter a tear­ful bail ap­pli­ca­tion.

The court heard Bree Hughes’s car had a num­ber of wigs, li­cences and credit cards po­lice al­lege she used to try to com­mit de­cep­tion of­fences.

The Wer­ribee woman faced Gee­long Mag­is­trates’ Court yes­ter­day charged with at­tempt to ob­tain prop­erty by de­cep­tion and use false doc­u­ments of­fences.

The court heard Ms Hughes and a co-ac­cused went to a West­pac branch on Wed­nes­day and tried with­draw $5000 but were recog­nised by staff and left the branch with­out the cash.

Later, she al­legedly called the Pak­ing­ton St West­pac branch and re­quested $25,000 be avail­able for col­lec­tion.

She al­legedly ar­rived with a li­cence in a fe­male’s name and power of at­tor­ney doc­u­ments in a man’s name.

Sus­pi­cious staff had called po­lice who promptly ar­rested Ms Hughes, the court heard.

The court was told po­lice searched the ac­cused and found wigs and li­cences.

A search war­rant was is­sued and her ve­hi­cle, parked nearby, was searched and po­lice al­legedly found more wigs and doc­u­ments in other names.

A Seabrook ad­dress where po­lice said Ms Hughes has been liv­ing was searched and po­lice seized items al­legedly be­long­ing to her.

In op­pos­ing bail, pros­e­cu­tor Lead­ing Se­nior Con­sta­ble Denise Frame told the court Ms Hughes made a no com­ment in­ter­view and did not vol­un­teer in­for­ma­tion to po­lice.

In her self-rep­re­sented bail ap­pli­ca­tion, she tear­fully told the court she was will­ing to ad­here to any cur­fews and would not re­of­fend.

Her part­ner told the court he would be will­ing to have Ms Hughes bailed to his ad­dress and en­sure she ad­hered to any court-im­posed con­di­tions.

He said Ms Hughes strug­gled with methy­lam­phetamine ad­dic­tion but said he was de­ter­mined to get her “on the straight and nar­row”.

Mag­is­trate Graeme Keil ac­knowl­edged the ac­cused was emo­tion­ally dis­tressed and urged her to seek the help she needed. Mr Keil bailed her un­der strict con­di­tions to reap­pear at court next month.

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