Shoplifting binge not very pretty

AN IPSWICH woman who went on a $3000 department store stealing binge will spend a minimum of three months behind bars.

Police knocked on Katie Ellen Walker's door shortly after a shopping centre security guard caught her in the act, followed her to the car park and took down her registration details.

The 27-year-old Collingwood Park mum admitted to stealing $1434 worth of facial cosmetics from one store and $1775 worth of similar products from another.

Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday heard Walker had a history of stealing and was on parole when she committed the latest offences on March 21.

Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough admitted his client had earlier breached a suspended sentence and had placed herself in a very difficult position.

“The rest of her criminal history is drug related but this offence is not,” Mr Fairclough said.

“She had a car accident and felt her insurance company would probably not pay for the damage.”

Magistrate Matthew McLaughlin said he had his doubts about Mr Fairclough's submission.

“Your criminal history goes back nine years and, without exception, it's all for dishonesty and drugs,” Mr McLaughlin told Walker.

“What is significant about this offence is the value of the property and the fact that you were on parole at the time.

“The only appropriate penalty must be imprisonment.”

Walker was sentenced to two concurrent terms of nine months in jail, to be served cumulatively on top of the 18-month sentence earlier imposed by the Brisbane District Court.

Mr McLaughlin set a parole eligibility date of July 14, 2009.

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