Homelessness to blame for woman's crime spree
HOMELESSNESS was to blame for a mother of three's four-month crime spree, Toowoomba Magistrates Court has been told.
Jessica Lee Church was found by police called to another matter at Cabarlah on Tuesday night, police prosecutor Nikola Prince said.
Found to be wanted on a warrant, the 26-year-old spent the night in the watch house before fronting court to plead guilty to a series of offences committed across Brisbane suburbs from May last year including a number of service station drive-offs, walking out of shopping centres without paying for trolleys full of groceries, and failing to appear in court.
The most serious of her offences was the stealing of a $1700 iPhone from a nurses station of a doctor's surgery on May 25, last year, which had not been recovered.
Church's solicitor Chelsea Saldumbide said her client had lost her partner, her children and her house and homelessness had driven her to offend.
However, she now had a new partner and stable accommodation, she said.
Her client had also spent a night in the watch house before appearing in court, Ms Saldumbie submitted.
Magistrate Damian Carroll placed Church on two years probation and ordered she pay total restitution of $2271.