Woman let off on stealing charges

PATRICIA Ann Conman wasn’t conning anybody when she tried to leave a Hervey Bay supermarket with stolen barbecue goods under her skirt.

The 48-year-old mobility scooter driver appeared in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court yesterday, where she received no penalty for the charge of unauthorised dealing with shop goods.

The court heard that on December 16, Conman tried to leave Woolworths supermarket with $63 worth of party goods, including plastic plates, tumblers and cutlery, tucked between her legs.

She packed the goods, including toilet tissue and Christmas gift tags, on to her scooter, covered them with her skirt and paid for just one item, a loaf of bread, at the checkout.

Conman said she had taken the items due to financial pressure leading up to Christmas.

“I’m deeply sorry for what I have done,” she told the court.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell took pity on Conman, issuing no monetary penalty and no conviction for the offence.

Mr Tatnell told her that he hoped the embarrassment of appearing in court was punishment enough.



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