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Daughter steals from mum during "rough patch"

SHORT on cash, Ashleigh Nicole Essery thought stealing a cheque from her mother's business, writing a number she thought would go unnoticed and forging her mother's signature would be easy money.

Between December 27 and December 30, 2012, Essery stole a cheque and made it out to cash.

She filled it in for $2921; a random amount she thought was a usual cheque amount for the business and wouldn't be noticed as out of the ordinary.

She forged her mother's signature and cashed the cheque.

The court also heard that in May 2012 she had been at the Brassall Shopping Centre with a friend.

They had seen the car of a person her friend was having a dispute with and scratched a long mark down the side of the car.

Essery pleaded guilty at the Ipswich Magistrates Court to fraud, and to wilful damage.

The court heard no restitutions for the fraud were sought as a civil settlement had been made by the bank.

The court heard 2012 was a "rough patch" for Essery who had worked to turn her life around since committing the offences. She had no criminal history since 2012 and all of her offending had occurred around that time.

Since the offence the court heard she had been working to repair her relationship with her mother.

The court heard she believed scratching the mark down the side of the car was "protecting" her friend in the dispute. The mark did $449.70 worth of damage to the vehicle.

Magistrate Andrew Cridland said while she had a number of entries in her criminal history, they all dated to around the same period.

He ordered Essery to pay a $1000 fine for the offending. She was ordered to pay $449.70 in restitutions for the wilful damage of the car.

 

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Topics:  fraud, ipswich magistrates court, wilful damage




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