Shop Thefts for 10th and 11th time – Fine

steal-theftOur client was a female in her mid-60s who was facing the court for shop stealing for the 10th and 11th time.

She had history of shop thefts due to being victim of sexual abuse and acting out in this manner knowing that she will be detected by the Police who will provide assistance and contact counsellors for her.

Dee Giannopoulos represented the client at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court.

Our client could have been placed on a Community Corrections Order where she will be required to do unpaid community work as well as ongoing counselling. The latter would require her to divulge her history of sexual abuse to a new individual with the possibility of relapsing into offending as a coping mechanism.

She could have also been sentenced to a period of imprisonment because of the significant number of priors.

Ultimately, the Magistrate agreed with our submission that our client could relapse if she is ordered to speak with another counsellor about her past, as this could cause much stress and anxiety on her. The Magistrate agreed to impose a monetary penalty in this instance.


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