Pregnant woman jailed over alcohol

A PREGNANT mother who acted as a lookout while her friend stole alcohol from a pub will be behind bars until Christmas.

Helena Maria Fisher, 18, of Bargara, pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court to entering a premises and committing an indictable offence and two charges of contravening a community order.

She sat silently in the docks on Tuesday as police prosecutor Sergeant Robyn Shapcott told the court the group of four committed the offences on October 13.

“The defendant and two others entered near the bistro of the Old Bundy Tavern and walked up to the bar,” Sgt Shapcott said.

One of the friends held the door while Fisher acted as a lookout and their accomplice took two bottles of alcohol from behind the bar.

Police identified Fisher using CCTV footage and arrested her on November 21.

“There are certainly matters of dishonesty and a similar nature on her history,” Sgt Shapcott said.

Probation parole officer Greg McMahon said Fisher was on two probation orders at the time of the offence for charges of serious assault, public nuisance and stealing.

Defence barrister Simon Burgess said Fisher was released from jail on September 28 and had committed this offence two weeks later.

“It is conceded she assisted by acting as a lookout,” Mr Burgess said.

The barrister said Fisher had a daughter and another child due to be born early next year.

“She has written a letter in jail and she talks about her fears of having her baby in jail,” Mr Burgess said.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts said another probation order was not appropriate, even though the young woman had tried while on the order.

“Clearly the practical results aren't there,” Ms Batts said.

“You have, unfortunately for you, at a very young age, reached a point where you will be serving a term of imprisonment for dishonesty offences because they keep happening.”

She sentenced the woman to four months' jail, with parole on December 20.

Fisher was re-sentenced for several other offences, including serious assault and stealing, receiving a total of two months' in prison, to run concurrently.



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