A WOMAN who stole $300 worth of goods from Rochester and Echuca stores has been placed on a community corrections order.
Jamie Giampiccolo, 41, pleaded guilty in Echuca Magistrates Court on Tuesday to two counts of theft.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Dave Rennie said Giampiccolo was captured on CCTV stealing a pair of Skechers valued at $100 from Rochester Sportspower on June 4 last year and $200 worth of alcohol from Dan Murphy’s in Echuca on December 4.
Duty solicitor Glenn Cooper said his client’s history of shop theft stemmed from a significant mental illness.
‘‘She has had a term of imprisonment, a suspended sentence but never anything in the way of a therapeutic order before,’’ he said.
Mr Cooper said alcohol was a problem for the Deniliquin woman last year, but she was now abstinent.
Magistrate Michael King said it was in the community’s best interests for Giampiccolo to address her mental health issues.
‘‘That seems to be the main thing that gets you into trouble,’’ Dr King said.
‘‘I don’t consider sending you to prison is constructive for anyone.’’
Dr King convicted and placed her on a 12-month CCO.
‘‘This is an opportunity for you to get your life back on track,’’ he said.