One of the Laurel Bank Park gardens after the flower thief had raided.
One of the Laurel Bank Park gardens after the flower thief had raided. Bev Lacey

Woman who stole flowers from Laurel Bank Park in court

A WOMAN who stole flowers from the Laurel Bank Park gardens has been placed on probation and ordered to pay compensation.

The park's CCTV cameras recorded Wynette Kaye Honnery taking flowers from gardens about 6am on July 1, 15 and 17, police prosecutor Catherine Nielsen told Toowoomba Magistrates Court.

On July 17, garden staff had caught her red-handed.

Taken to the watch house, she was found with garden gloves, a torch and plant clippers.

Senior Constable Nielsen said at the time council gardeners had been preparing the park for the Carnival of Flowers and replacing stolen plants was difficult to do growth and size.

Honnery, 60, pleaded guilty to stealing, her solicitor Alanna O'Halloran telling the court her client suffered from a compulsive disorder and other mental health issues.

Her client  had spent three years in the defence force, taught English in Japan and had led an interesting life until about 17 years ago when she had a serious breakdown, Ms O'Halloran said.

On a positive note, the 60-year-old had secured an NDIS package and had been engaging with a psychologist, Red Cross, Lifeline and AODS (Alcohol and Other Drugs Service) for counselling, she said.

Through case conferencing with the prosecution, it had been agreed Honnery had taken 29 plants which included snapdragons, violas and various types of pansies, Ms O'Halloran submitted.

Magistrate Damian Carroll placed Honnery on 10 months probation and ordered she pay $300 restitution. 



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