Whanganui Chronicle

Woman ignores court order – jailed after using stolen bank cards

- Leighton Keith, Open Justice

Angelique Corby wasted no time using someone else’s bank cards on a spending spree to buy tobacco, cellphone top-ups, food, drinks, and gift cards.

The Whanganui grandmothe­r chalked up more than $750 in purchases using the cards stolen by someone else in an aggravated robbery only hours earlier.

On Monday, Corby appeared before Judge Jonathan Krebs in the District Court facing dishonesty and theft charges, and breaching an alcohol interlock order.

Corby, who admitted the charges, was directed by the court to have the breath-testing device installed in 2019 for a minimum of 12 months, following repeated drink-driving conviction­s, but ignored the order.

She had a significan­t history of thumbing her nose at sentences and orders imposed by the judicial system, which made the sentencing process difficult, Judge Krebs said.

“No matter what the court imposes, you don’t comply with it.”

Corby spent $753.89 using the stolen bank cards, drove off without paying for $50 of petrol in October last year, and was again caught driving in violation of the alcohol interlock order in November.

While there had been difficulty finding an address where Corby could serve an electronic­ally monitored sentence of home detention, the judge ruled it was important sentencing went ahead.

Defence lawyer Blair Piper said a suitable address had been available until another person was released on bail to live there.

Piper was also keen to resolve the case noting the dishonesty charges had been active since July.

Despite Corby’s lengthy history of failing to comply with court orders, Piper sought a sentence of intensive supervisio­n and community work, noting she had spent a month behind bars on remand.

“Her breach history wouldn’t ordinarily support that.”

He submitted Corby’s repeated neglect to obey court sentences was due to the instabilit­y of her living arrangemen­ts as she, her three children, and her grandchild­ren had struggled to find accommodat­ion for two years.

Corby was willing to pay reparation, Piper said, but he didn’t know if she was in a financial position to

do so.

As Piper argued Corby’s fraud offending was at the lower end of the scale Judge Krebs cut in saying she was found in possession of the cards within two hours of the aggravated robbery.

“There’s no suggestion that she was part of it [the robbery] but in some way she was connected with those who committed it,” the judge said.

Judge Krebs expressed empathy after reading a letter submitted by Corby detailing family trauma she suffered which had a significan­t impact on her life, but he explained it wasn’t a mitigating factor as it happened after she committed the crimes.

The judge began with a start point of six months’ imprisonme­nt, on the dishonesty charge, and added a month for her previous conviction­s before giving a 30 per cent deduction which resulted in an end sentence of four months in jail.

One month of imprisonme­nt was imposed on the theft charge, to be served concurrent­ly, and Corby was disqualifi­ed from driving for six months and ordered to pay a total of $803.90 in reparation.

Judge Krebs granted Corby leave to apply for home detention and warned her to serve the alcohol interlock sentence as it wasn’t going away.

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