Birthday gift lands woman behind bars

A MILDURA woman has been sentenced to two weeks’ jail for crimes, including stealing a bottle of bourbon for her son’s 18th birthday.

Kylie Pappin faced charges including theft and unlawful assault before Mildura’s Koori Court yesterday.

Aboriginal elders told the 36-year-old, who has been in and out of jail, she needed to get on the right path so she could be a role model for her six children and granddaughter.

Pappin was arrested on May 8 following a string of offences, including stealing a bottle of Wild Turkey from First Choice Liquor.

The accused told the court she did not have any money at the time and stole the alcohol as a present for her son’s birthday.

In a separate incident in January, a car Pappin was a passenger in was stopped by police in Cowra Avenue after it was seen leaving a known drug address.

A search found a wallet in Pappin’s possession which contained a MasterCard which had been reported stolen.

The court heard, last October she entered her cousin’s house about 7.30pm and walked straight towards a victim and punched her in the face before making off with the woman’s iPhone and bag which contained her wallet.

The victim’s bag was later returned by a friend, however the wallet and phone, valued at $300, have not been recovered.

In a sentencing conversation yesterday, Magistrate Jelena Popovic said Pappin had previously proven she struggled with drugs outside custody, but had the capacity to get her life together if she was determined enough.

She was released from custody having served the 14-day sentence in pre-sentence detention.

This story appears in Friday's Sunraysia Daily, 14/6/2019. To subscribe to our Digital Edition Click here