THE brother-in-law of missing Parmelia mother Iveta Mitchell stole a pickaxe and a shovel from Bunnings, because he knew the location of a deceased person’s body, it was heard in Mandurah Magistrates Court today.
Troy Robert Mitchell pleaded guilty to failing to obey a police order and was sentenced for breaching a conditional release order.
The police prosecutor told the court that it was 1pm on Tuesday, November 22 when police were called to the Silver Sands IGA to issue Mitchell a move on notice.
He was told to leave the area for 24 hours.
Mitchell ignored the order and returned to the IGA soon after.
This put him in breach of a conditional release order he was placed on in relation to a charge of stealing and possessing an article with intent.
Court appointed lawyer Clare Hay said Mitchell was in Bunnings on June 5.
Ms Hay said as he went through the door, he told staff members he stole the pickaxe and shovel.
She said he wanted police to be called because he knew the location of a deceased person’s body “who could be dug up using those tools”.
Mitchell was fined $1000 for these offences and $500 for failing to obey a police order.
Ms Mitchell, a mother-of-three, disappeared in 2010.
She was 37-years-old when she left her Parmelia home at 1am, on May 3, after an argument with her husband Chad Mitchell.
Police became concerned for her safety when she did not see her children on Mother’s Day, which was out of character.
Mitchell maintains that his brother Chad is innocent in relation to the disappearance of Ms Mitchell.
He has pledged to the media on multiple occasions that he will find out what happened to Ms Mitchell.
On August 24, Mitchell stood on Mandurah Road, near Mandurah police station, with a handmade cardboard sign reading “WA police are currupt (sic)”.
He was issued a move on order on this occasion.