Rockingham: woman who used own Flybuys cards on purchases made with stolen credit card avoids prison

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A WOMAN who thought she might use her Flybuys card while making purchases with a stolen credit card has spent time in prison.

Appearing via video-link from Melaleuca Prison, Sara Ann Hall pleaded guilty to 11 charges including aggravated home burglary, common assault, damaging property, gaining benefit by fraud, bail breaches and stealing a motor vehicle at Rockingham Magistrates Court on Monday.

The prosecutor said Hall used the card at Kmart twice on one day to make purchases totalling $164,and used her Flybuys card each time.

She was caught on CCTV and later arrested by police.

Earlier in May, Hall tried to take two chocolate bars from an IGA store but was challenged by a staff member.

Hall then punched the worker in the face.

She was detained by security guards at the store but kicked out and smashed a glass door.

During a burglary with a co-accused at a Shoalwater home, Hall stole a Louis Vuitton handbag and wallet worth $3000, two portable speakers and a portable charger.

The pair jumped the fence to leave but were confronted by an off-duty policeman.

He said he was an off-duty officer giving his ID number.

The pair yelled abuse and got aggressive with him when he grabbed them by the wrists.

They got away and hopped into a car parked nearby.

The officer followed them and reached in and grabbed the keys from the ignition.

Hall kicked out striking the officer to his upper chest near his neck.

The community corrections officer said Hall’s offending had breached a community based order of 18 months that was due to expire on July 8, 2018.

She had also failed to complete community service work or report because ‘she could not be bothered’.

The order was from threats Hall had made to kill her mother.

Hall’s lawyer said the facts were accepted.

He said the 22-year-old mother of two’s methamphetamine use had led to the offending.

He said Hall had gained “incredible insight” during her month in prison and was keen to re-engage with corrections orders.

Magistrate Leanne Atkins fined her $200 for the order breaches, an eight month prison sentence suspended for 12 months for the burglary, and a one year intensive supervision order with 180 hours community service work.

“Your crimes were not sophisticated as you used your Flybuys card to get credit,” Magistrate Atkins said.

“You said you kicked out because you felt trapped; well you rightly were trapped because you were stealing.

“You are no more than a common thief.”

Hall’s co-accused was sentenced to an intensive supervision order at Perth’s Magistrate’s court on September 27.

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