A Roma mother who has previously spent time in prison for stealing, has fronted the Roma Magistrates Court after she was caught shoplifting.
A Roma mother who has previously spent time in prison for stealing, has fronted the Roma Magistrates Court after she was caught shoplifting.

Roma mother sentenced for shoplifting offence, again

Despite spending time in prison for stealing in 2017 Keisha May Marie Wortley failed to learn her lesson and targeted another Roma business, a court has heard.

Wortley appeared in Roma Magistrates Court on December 16, where it was heard she stole $129 worth of products from the Roma Super Cheap Auto store on October 9, 2020 after having car troubles.

Police prosecutor sergeant David Longhurst told the court Wortley served a significant amount of time in jail in 2017 for a stealing offence.

Wortley pleaded guilty to one count of stealing, contravening a direction from police on October 17, 2020 and failing to comply with a learner licence offence on November 10, 2020.

Defence lawyer, Laurie Parker explained to Magistrate Peter Saggers that his client understood what she did was wrong, however she was having difficulties with her car.

“I haven’t dealt with Ms Wortley for a few years, so that also needs to be considered,” Mr Parker said.

The magistrate told Wortley that every time she committed a dishonesty offence, she risked going back to jail.

“You continue to do dishonest things … you continue to run the risk of going to jail,” he said.

He asked the defendant who would take care of her three children of she went back to prison.

“If child safety gets involved, that’s significant in their lives and yours,” he said.

Magistrate Saggers took into account the previous offence was some time ago and extended Wortley’s probation period by a further 18 months.

For the other two offences, she was fined $300.

The convictions were recorded for all three offences.

“You have to continue to get assistance to stop whatever it is causing you to do these offences,” the magistrate told Wortley.


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