Thief abandons court appeal

A WOMAN with 65 prior theft charges to her name abandoned her sentencing appeal for a shoplifting offence yesterday after being told if the matter was to proceed in the County Court, she would likely receive a longer jail term than the one already imposed.

In July, Elizabeth Nash was convicted and sentenced to 14 days imprisonment after she admitted to stealing a jumper worth $239 from Mildura’s Doug Haynes store.

During the appeal mention at a sitting of the County Court in Mildura yesterday, the court was told when police contacted the 

accused about the theft, she admitted to the offence and returned the item to the store.

Judge Mark Taft yesterday tallied Nash’s prior shoplifting charges at 65.

“I would never sentence someone to prison for shop theft unless circumstances were persistent and had a level of professionalism, but this is such a case,” he said. 

He suggested to Nash’s defence counsel that if the matter were to proceed, his client would risk having an increased sentence imposed.

The appeal was struck out and Nash was taken into custody where she will spend the next 14 days.

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