Pay­ing up not her cup of tea

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - NI­CHOLAS MCEL­ROY

THE boss of a Gold Coast char­ity has been given a prison sen­tence for de­fraud­ing an el­derly Ip­swich woman of an ex­pen­sive tea set.

Dur­ing a six-hour sum­mary trial in the South­port Mag­is­trates Court yesterday, Shirlian Eu­lalia He­len Noy, who runs the Help­ing Hands char­ity, which she says feeds the home­less at Labrador each Mon­day, ve­he­mently de­nied de­fraud­ing the woman, 70, last year.

Mag­is­trate Kay Philip­son sen­tenced Noy to three months prison with an im­me­di­ate pa­role.

Mr Philip­son noted Noy had a lengthy crim­i­nal his­tory which in­cluded a num­ber of dis­hon­esty of­fences dat­ing back to 1992 and in­volved ac­tual prison time.

Noy, also known as Shaz Noy, and for­merly as Shirlian Robert­son, was found to have been dis­hon­est in ac­quir­ing a $650 Royal Al­bert Tea set in Oc­to­ber, 2017.

The court was told Noy agreed to pur­chase a tea set ad­ver­tised on Face­book Mar­ket Place.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing the woman’s bank ac­count de­tails, Noy sent her a screen­shot of a sched­uled bank trans­fer and it was agreed that her partner Ste­wart Gear would pick up the set the next day.

But the pay­ment did not make it into the woman’s ac­count, spark­ing a six-month bat­tle to get the money.

The seller made a crim­i­nal com­plaint af­ter at­tempts to ap­peal to the Queens­land Civil and Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal were un­suc­cess­ful.

Noy did not pay the seller un­til af­ter she was charged with the fraud of­fence and given a court date in April this year, which was 21 weeks af­ter the agreed sale date.

Noy did not bring writ­ing ma­te­rial to court yesterday, where she rep­re­sented her­self, rather she used pen and pa­per sup­plied by the Mag­is­trate’s clerk dur­ing a dra­matic and tear­ful hear­ing.

In re­ceiv­ing guid­ance from Ms Philip­son while cross ex­am­in­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer Noy said: “This looks so much eas­ier on TV.” Ms Philip­son replied: “Well it’s not, this is real life and you’ve cho­sen to rep­re­sent your­self.”

Be­fore she was sen­tenced Noy said her vic­tim was “off her head” and “had been go­ing on about this for ages”.

When her crim­i­nal his­tory was ten­dered to the court Noy re­fused to look at it and said “the whole thing is rorted” and “how can one old lady ruin some­one’s life”.

Fi­nally she read it and ac­cepted it was hers.

Noy also ac­cused the Gold Coast Bul­letin of “ru­in­ing” her char­ity work by cover­ing the court case.

Ms Philip­son then told Noy that she had been run­ning her char­ity with a lengthy crim­i­nal his­tory for some time.

The court was told her most re­cent dis­hon­esty of­fences were in 2013 and 2014.

The first was pass­ing a cheque not met on pre­sen­ta­tion to the value of about $1400 which she used to buy bed­ding and other items at a Spot­light store. At the time Noy said they were for a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence char­ity. In 2014 Noy sold a woman an iPhone on Gumtree which her son had found, the court was told.

In July this year Noy pro­moted her Help­ing Hands char­ity and said she spent about $450 of her own money each week buy­ing 15 legs of pork, fruit and veg­eta­bles and other in­gre­di­ents to make home-cooked meals for the city’s needy.

In Septem­ber it was re­ported in That’s Life mag­a­zine that she said she had sold her en­gage­ment ring to fund plane tick­ets so a woman and two chil­dren could es­cape a violent home en­vi­ron­ment.

In 1999. Noy told The Courier-Mail she “ad­mits she’s a liar, gam­bling ad­dict and self­ish” in a front­page story.

Shirlian Eu­lalia He­len Noy, who runs the Help­ing Hands char­ity, was yesterday sen­tenced to prison for de­fraud­ing a 70-year-old woman over a tea set pur­chase.

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