Woman fined for 'finding' ring
A WOMAN who "found" a stolen ring in her home has been fined $500, a court heard.
Ipswich Magistrates Court heard police executed a search warrant on Debby Maree Simpson’s home in relation to stolen property.
Simpson, 46, did not declare any property to police and sat on her bed while officers searched.
Prosecutor Sergeant Mathew Donnelly said officers found a gold ring with a blue stone in a jewellery box and a laptop with the serial numbers scratched off in a pillowcase.
Simpson told police the ring belonged to her deceased mother.
The court was told the ring was stolen during a break-in at Darra in April this year but the laptop could not be traced as the serial number was removed.
Simpson pleaded guilty to possessing suspected tainted property.
She was fined $500 with a conviction recorded.
Defence lawyer Yassar Khan said his client found the ring "around the house" and she had bought the laptop from a neighbour.
"She knew they might be stolen," Mr Khan said.
Mr Khan said Simpson’s previous criminal history was quite old and she had been seeking counselling after the death of her mother.