Jazmin Lee Stanaway. 20, broke into a Maroochydore church and stole food and donated money.
Jazmin Lee Stanaway. 20, broke into a Maroochydore church and stole food and donated money.

Woman's 'grubby' church break and enter

A WOMAN who broke into a church was homeless and sleeping in a car after her ex-partner's gambling addiction left them unable to pay rent and they were evicted from their home.

The Maroochydore Magistrates Court heard it was desperate times when Jazmin Lee Stanaway crawled through a window her then-partner allegedly smashed at St Peter's Anglican Church, Maroochydore.

The court heard they then made coffees, stole groceries and money from a donation jar.

Duty lawyer Ben Rynderman told the court Stanaway recalled climbing through a window, but denied breaking it, and recalls "carrying a bag" her co-accused had given her.

Mr Rynderman told the court Stanaway pleaded guilty on grounds she was an accessory to her co-accused's alleged crimes.

Jazmin Lee Stanaway. 20, was homeless when she broke into a church and stole food and donated funds.
Jazmin Lee Stanaway. 20, was homeless when she broke into a church and stole food and donated funds.

"I imagine they did not go in there to worship," Magistrate Matthew McLaughlin said of the offence, which happened between February 24-25.

He described Stanaway's offending as "grubby" rather than serious, and told her there were plenty of support services to help her situation.

"It's pretty grubby when you're taking away money donated to charity," Magistrate McLaughlin said.

"I accept if you're living in a car and you have to break into places to get something to eat, life's probably not been too kind to you."

Stanaway declined the option to be sentenced to probation, and was fined $300 with no conviction recorded for entering a premises and committing an indictable offence by break.

Stanaway's co-accused Emory Cole is charged with the same offence, and his matter was adjourned for mention on May 10.



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