Pregnant teen on crime spree

A PREGNANT teen went on a crime spree across Bundaberg, injuring a police officer, street fighting, stealing alcohol and sniffing glue, a court was told.

Helena Marie Fisher, 18, of Bargara, sat silently in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court docks yesterday after pleading guilty to six charges including stealing, public nuisance, obstructing police, breaching bail and contravening direction.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said officers were called to Faldt Street, Norville, on July 30 after reports of a disturbance.

They arrived to find a number of females in the street watching Fisher fight another girl.

The defendant was arrested and taken to the watch-house where she refused to co-operate with police, resulting in a struggle which injured a female officer.

On August 21, Fisher entered the First Choice Liquor store where she hid a 700ml bottle of Bundaberg Rum in her hooded jacket and left without paying.

Five days later just after noon, Fisher struck again with a co-offender. She stole another bottle of rum and a bottle of Jack Daniel's and was tracked down using CCTV footage.

She was spoken to but not formally interviewed until hours later due to her level of intoxication. She also said he had sniffed glue hours earlier.

Fisher was on bail at the time of the offences, which included a condition she consume no alcohol or drugs.

Defence barrister Simon Burgess said Fisher was four months pregnant and had already served 34 days in custody.

“She has a serious problem with alcohol.”

Magistrate Neil Lavaring gave Fisher a head sentence of three months' jail, declared 34 days as time served and set an immediate parole release. He ordered she pay $106.75 in restitution to the bottleshop.



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