Jayne Suzanne Rich, 52, of Urangan, outside Hervey Bay Magistrates Court.
Jayne Suzanne Rich, 52, of Urangan, outside Hervey Bay Magistrates Court. Annie Perets

Serial shoplifter Miss Rich back in court for stealing

SHOPLIFTING is one of Jayne Suzanne Rich's favourite pastimes, if her criminal history is anything to go by.

Looking at her rap sheet Magistrate Ross Woodford commented in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Thursday "she goes out shoplifting all the time."

Sporting a hot pink shirt with her mum along for support, the 52 year old pleaded guilty in court to theft.

In the latest offence Rich stole items, mainly meat, from a Urangan supermarket with another person.

Her defence lawyer Hamish Isles said the other offender was an associate of one of her children, and Rich felt "some pressure" to take part.

Mr Isles told the court his client "accepts she's done the wrong thing" but couldn't dispute her history saying "she's obviously familiar with this type of conduct."

Jayne Suzanne Rich, 52, of Urangan, outside Hervey Bay Magistrates Court.
Jayne Suzanne Rich, 52, of Urangan, outside Hervey Bay Magistrates Court. Annie Perets

Police prosecutor Kathryn Stagoll said Rich's role in the crime was to put items into the other person's bag and keep "an eye out" for witnesses.

The pair purchased two small items and avoided having the bag checked.

Their crime was filmed on CCTV.

Rich has moved in with her mum since the incident and tried to convince the court that her new accommodation arrangement would put an end her shoplifting habits.

But Sgt Stagoll commented: "Clearly it's not going to stop her."

Rich was sentenced to nine-months in jail but was granted immediate parole.

A stern Mr Woodford told Rich she's "got a problem."

"Should you go out and shoplift again you'll go straight to jail," he said.

"There's no excuse any more."

Rich was previously given a jail sentence in August last year, which was wholly suspended.



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