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Gympie theft leads to jail

STEALING a dress from Foxy Lady on December 2, which was returned in as new condition without being worn, was the final straw and sent a Two Mile woman to prison for 84 days.

In committing the stealing offence, Tiana Monteath, 49, of Goodwin Rd, breached her intensive correction order.

The court heard Monteath was sentenced to prison on May 10, 2010 but the sentence was suspended for two years and on March 9, 2011, that sentence was extended for a further extended.

She was placed on an intensive correction order on November 3 and breached that order on November 12.

Monteath was placed on probation on May 10 and further probation on November 4 after breaching that probation.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns asked for the suspended sentence to be activated.

Duty solicitor Leanne Gordon said her client had not stolen since November 3 and "has been learning about the problem she has with stealing."

"She had a lapse, not a relapse," Ms Gordon said.

"The response to her ICO was poor but seven months was good."

Monteath said she "should not be judged entirely on past performance".

"The difficulty I am facing is my hands are tied with the ICO," Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said.

"I give people ICO. I know how hard they are. If they can just get through that. I tell everyone they hold the key to the prison cell door."

She said she had no choice but to revoke the ICO and sentence Monteath to spend the remaining 84 days of her ICO in prison.

"I feel like I've tried everything. I'm not knocking the progress you made. You have not always told the truth but that's part of the drug problem.

"It grieves me that it's got to the end of the line for you."

Apart from an 84 day prison sentence which will see her paroled on May 14, Monteath's suspended sentence was extended until May 2013 and fined $300 for breaching her probation and placed on a further six months probation.

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