Mum risks 'path of crime'

A GYMPIE woman, 48, was told she risked sending her 13-year-old son down the path of crime by showing him how to shoplift.

Gympie Magistrates Court heard the woman, whose name cannot be published to protect the boy’s identity and the boy, had been stealing groceries from Coles in Gympie on August 26.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns said the boy was considered a co-offender in the offence of unauthorised dealing of shop goods.

The Court heard a loss prevention officer observed the pair conceal groceries while they were shopping and the woman was found to have hidden items worth $82 in her handbag.

In defence, solicitor Matthew Post said the crime was caused by financial hardship. “She took the items out of necessity,” he added.

Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said life dealt bad blows to everybody but there was assistance available.

“Letting (your son) steal grocery items at 13... It will be beer and spirits at 15, cars when he’s 17 — then he’ll go to jail,” she said and fined the woman $200.

Compensation of $16 was sought for the perishable items which were unable to be returned and Mrs Baldwin ordered that it be paid within one month, or in default one day in jail.

Gympie Times


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