Theft – Adjourned Undertaking

Our client was charged and pleaded guilty to one count of theft (shop steal), being $120 worth of clothing from a community shop. The items were stolen overnight from the bins outside the store.

Our client has extremely lengthy priors for very similar offending. Every time she goes to court, it becomes more and more likely that a gaol term will be imposed. The last penalty she received was a Community Corrections Order.

We represented the client at the Moorabbin Justice Centre.

Detailed submissions were made to the Magistrate about our client’s challenging personal circumstances. At the time of the offending, our client was desperate and homeless. She is a recovering heroin addict who also has an acquired brain injury and epilepsy as a result of a particular brutal domestic violence situation. She is a single mother who manages to care for her daughter with the help of community support services.

We spoke with our client’s doctors and support workers. Reports were obtained evidencing the challenges she faces and these were submitted to the Magistrate.

The court imposed a conviction and placed our client in an adjourned undertaking.


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