Serial thief avoids jail after stealing bacon, pork roast
A PORK roast, mayonnaise, bacon and curry powder were discovered in Cheyenne Correen Dennison's handbag after a trip to Coles, a supermarket she was banned from visiting.
But a serious heart issue brought on by long-term drug habits saved the serial thief from spending time in jail.
Police prosecutor Ken Wiggan told Warwick Magistrates Court on Friday that $120 was also found in Dennison's handbag during the trip to Coles at Goondiwindi on Thursday.
But when asked why she didn't use it to pay for the groceries, she said she was trying to save money.
On Friday Dennison pleaded guilty to seven charges, including four counts of stealing and one each of trespassing, possessing dangerous drugs and breaching bail.
One stealing charge, trespass charge and bail breach occurred in the Coles trip.
The other offences dated from December when she swiped items from Target and Coles and was found with a small amount of marijuana.
Sgt Wiggan said Dennison, 37, had previously faced court for crimes of dishonesty and while he would normally suggest a jail term, he was told she had health issues that required urgent attention.
Lawyer Peter Sloane explained Dennison, who now resides in Boggabilla, had life-long drug habits that caused a serious heart issue.
"She realises how much trouble that her past activity, the trouble she's now put herself into and she's quite a bit shaken about what lies ahead,” Mr Sloane said.
Acting Magistrate Robert Walker said Dennison's criminal history was concerning, but her offending had diminished since she was given a suspended sentence in 2014.
Noting Dennison's health issues, Mr Walker sentenced Dennison to three months' jail suspended for a year.
"If you can take the opportunity this presents to you, you have a chance to turn things around,” Mr Walker said.