Josephine Margaret Bourke leaving her last court appearance.
Josephine Margaret Bourke leaving her last court appearance.

Fraud sentencing proceeds

A DISTRICT Court judge refused to further adjourn the sentencing date of a Warwick woman who has pleaded guilty to one count of fraud to the tune of almost $62,500.

Josephine Margaret Bourke’s court appearance yesterday had already been pushed back while her defence counsel waited on her psychiatric report but sought a further adjournment in an attempt to rustle up some funds in an attempt to pay some of the $62,470.40 as restitution.

The 54-year-old is due for sentencing on Friday however her defence counsel spoke via a telephone link and appealed to the court to allow Bourke more time to offerrestitution.

The defence counsel said because the crime was of a fraudulent nature there was a limited number of financial institutions that would “be involved” while Bourke waited on the sale of a property as a means to repay almost $62,500.

“One option is to adjourn until August and (the second option) is to transfer the matter to Brisbane to be dealt with,” he said.

Visiting Judge Leanne Clare SC has previously expressed frustration with the lengthy proceedings which have marred the current sitting of the Warwick District Court which only visits the Rose City about three times a year to deal with serious criminal matters.

“There is a third option... the sentencing goes ahead in Warwick where it should be heard,” Judge Clare said.

“In my view the matter should proceed in the district.”

Bourke’s defence counsel asked Judge Clare if his client would be sentenced on Friday, bringing an end to the Warwick woman’s court appearances since mid last year.

“That would really depend on the personal circumstances and the circumstances of the crime and the details .... just have to wait until Friday,” Judge Clare said.



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