Woman hides stolen goods in pram
A WOMAN who hid $28 worth of electronics in her pram will now serve a suspended prison sentence.
Emma Burnett pleaded guilty to the stealing charge and driving without a licence in Murgon Magistrates Court on December 11.
Police prosecutor Barry Stevens said the 25-year old woman had proceeded to head to the electronics department in Kingaroy Big W at around 10.50am on July 24.
The court heard she had stashed away a phone charger and a phone cable in the bag of her pram and proceeded to leave the store without any attempt of paying.
In reading out the evidence, Sgt Stevens said the woman had been on a two-year probation for a dishonesty-related offence, when she stole the items.
Defence lawyer Chris Campbell said the single mother realised the foolishness of the stealing offence.
"She realises it's a foolish thing to do, given her history," he said.
Burnett also pleaded guilty to a driving without a licence, due to demerit points.
Sgt Stevens said she pulled her car over for police during a routine check in Murgon on September 23.
The check revealed her license was suspended due to demerit points.
"She couldn't give any reason for driving," Sgt Stevens said.
Magistrate Louisa Pink said it was a low level stealing offence, equating to $28.10.
"However you have a long history of stealing offences, the prosecutor tells me you have 10 previous stealing offences in your criminal history," she said.
The court heard Burnett was previously before the court in November 2016 for a stealing offence, where she was placed on a two year probation.
Magistrate Pink said Burnett's previous convictions were aggravating factors.
"I'm satisfied this is well and truly the last resort," she said.
Burnett was sentenced to two months imprisonment, which was wholly suspended.
"If you are before courts over the next nine months for stealing, you will not be able to persuade the magistrate," she said.
In relation to the driving offence, Burnett was fined $450 and her licence was disqualified for six months.
All convictions were recorded.