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Fine for bourbon thief who ‘needed a drink’

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February 15, 2018

AN ECHUCA woman who stole alcohol, which breached a suspended sentence for stealing $55,000 from her mother, has been convicted and fined $300.

AN ECHUCA woman who stole alcohol, which breached a suspended sentence for stealing $55,000 from her mother, has been convicted and fined $300.

Janet Lomas pleaded guilty in Echuca Magistrates’ Court last month to theft and unlicensed driving.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Rachael Hitchens said Lomas stole two cans of Jim Beam White worth $13 from Kyabram’s BWS on July 4, 2015. Lomas was also found to be driving without a licence on the same day.

‘‘Her reason was ‘I needed a drink’ and ‘I wasn’t thinking clearly’,’’ Snr Constable Hitchens said.

The court heard the theft breached a six-month suspended sentence she received after stealing $55,000 from her mother’s bank account.

Duty solicitor Glenn Cooper said Lomas had been appointed a power of attorney for her mother. ‘‘Her mother said if she needed any money, she could use it,’’ he said.

Mr Cooper said Lomas had become addicted to oxycontin following a car accident in 2012 before starting on a methadone program. ‘‘She was in a relationship with a partner who had a similar addiction and there was domestic violence in that relationship,’’ he said. ‘‘She’s had an argument with him and wasn’t thinking clearly.’’

Magistrate John Murphy said because Lomas had not been in any other trouble since 2015, he would make no order on the suspended sentence breach.

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