Worse than an alarm clock

Nobody likes hearing the alarm go off in the morning.  Except for one man, who would have preferred his alarm to the sound of police executing a search warrant at 4:20am.

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The search warrant turned up a stolen motorcyle along with 28 grams of cannabis and 10 ecstasy tablets.  The subject of the search faced drug and property charges.

The matter was dealt with at Shepparton Magistrates Court before Stuthridge M.   The defendant pleaded guilty.  Ms Molly Wooderson appeared for the prosecution.  Mr Anthony Coote of Camerons Lawyers appeared for the defendant.  He submitted that the defendant, despite a criminal record, had beenoutr of trouble and was trying to re-enter the workforce.

The defendant was fined $1,500.00 without conviction.

Police v Dean (2019) Shepparton News, 2 July 2019 at 7

Doing a line of … baby formula?

I don’t know how much heroin costs per ounce. I hope it’s more than baby formula. If it’s less, it’ll completely eff my sense of reality.

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In December 2017 and April 2018 a man from Corio, Australia, stole 67 tins of baby formula from supermarkets in Portarlington, Drysdale and Eltham. The retail value of this much formula was A$2,345.00 (the value on the China-driven black market may be as much as A$13,500!)

The offender was charged with four counts of theft and one of obtaining property by deception, as well as certain bail offences. The Crimes Act 1958 (Vic.), §81(1) provides that –

A person who by any deception dishonestly obtains property belonging to another, with the intention of permanently depriving the other of it, is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to level 5 imprisonment (10 years maximum).

 

The offender was dealt with in the Geelong Magistrates’ Court. His lawyer submitted that he had committed the thefts to fund a heroin addiction. He had been gainfully employed from his release from prison for another offence in 2012 until he suffered a back injury in 2016.

Mellas M sentenced the offender to two months imprisonment.

Police v Wright (2018) Geelong Advertiser, 25 May 2018, p.7

… and a sack marked ‘swag’!

Sometimes offenders go the whole hog on their brand of crime.

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From August 2016 to September 2017 a woman from Corio, Australia engaged in a series of property crimes against four elderly men.  The crimes spanned theft, aggravated burglary, robbery and obtaining property by deception.  One of the crimes included stealing a credit card from a disability pensioner; another victim was an 80 year old.  The circumstances might be inferred from the definition of “robbery” in §75 of the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic.):

A person is guilty of robbery if he steals, and immediately before or at the time of doing so, and in order to do so, he uses force on any person or puts or seeks to put any person in fear that he or another person will be then and there subjected to force. … A person guilty of robbery … is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to level 4 imprisonment (15 years maximum).

The defendant pleaded guilty in Geelong Magistrates Court.  McGarvie M imposed a sentence of four years imprisonment with a non-parole period of three years.

The defendant has lodged an appeal against her sentence in the County Court of Victoria.

Police v Elston (2018) Geelong Advertiser, 16 April 2018, p.7.