CONVICTED: Leigh Ann Jeffries outside the Ipswich Courthouse.
CONVICTED: Leigh Ann Jeffries outside the Ipswich Courthouse. Contributed

Mum claims she knew nothing about stolen goods in her home

A RIVERVIEW mum has pleaded ignorance as to how a stash of stolen goods ended up at her house.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court this week, Leigh Ann Jeffries pleaded guilty to a string of charges that included three counts of receiving tainted property and drug-related offences.

When police searched her property on April 24, they recovered stolen items from recent burglaries in Goodna and North Toowoomba.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jo Colston said the stolen items included laptop computers, mobile phones, jewellery and electrical items.

Sgt Colston said Jeffries told police her ex-partner had lived at the address and frequently brought property into her home, without her knowledge.

Jeffries, 36, said she suspected the property might have been stolen but that she didn't want to get into trouble.

She said she had ended her relationship with her former partner before the police search and that he no longer lived at the house.

Sgt Colston said that during an earlier search at Jeffries house on August 13 last year police found a doctor's stamp in her bedroom.

Jeffries told police her children had taken the stamp from the doctor's office at a medical centre and that she had not bothered to return it.

Magistrate Stuart Shearer said he "didn't believe for a second" that Jeffries' children had taken the stamp.

"I don't accept that," he said.

"It's so transparently false, it's laughable".

Mr Shearer said he also found it hard to believe that Jeffries knew nothing about the stolen items found in her home.

"It's all a little too convenient when proceeds of burglaries just happen to arrive at your house days after the burglaries have taken place," Mr Shearer told Jeffries.

Jeffries was convicted and ordered to complete 200 hours of community service.



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