A PREGNANT woman has been released from prison after spending 35 days in custody for a string of theft offences.
Nakita Firebrace, 27, appeared in Echuca Magistrates Court on Tuesday to plead guilty to 20 different charges.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Chris Jones told the court Firebrace had stolen items from a range of Echuca venues last year.
‘‘On May 4, 2016 at 6.05pm at Echuca Workers Club a woman left her handbag between two poker machines. When she returned she noticed it had been moved and her phone and cash was gone,’’ he said.
‘‘CCTV footage identified the accused and the next day using the Find My iPhone app police found the accused with the stolen goods.
‘‘At 12.30pm on June 6 the accused placed items in her large handbag in JayJay’s Echuca before going to the Reject Shop and stealing items there.’’
Snr Constable Jones said there were also incidents in Woolworths, Best and Less, Factory Clothing and a pharmacy.
‘‘When interviewed the accused told police the reason for the offending was she was just on drugs,’’ he said.
‘‘She was on bail at the time.’’
Defence lawyer Gavin Cooper said Firebrace was a mother of three and recently learnt she was pregnant with her fourth child.
‘‘She was dealing with an array of complex issues including ice addiction at the time of offending which doesn’t excuse the behaviour,’’ he said.
‘‘There is a support network in place for her once released.’’
Magistrate Sarah Leighfield said although the offences weren’t that serious, there were a lot of them.
‘‘Largely they are dishonesty offences. You just keep doing it over and over again and that is a real issue,’’ she said.
Ms Leighfield convicted Firebrace and issued her with a 18-month community corrections order which includes judicial monitoring.