A 24-YEAR-OLD woman was described as ‘parasitic’ by the Magistrate after she stole almost $10,000 from her grandmother.
Crystal Jayde Baldry appeared at Rockingham Magistrates Court on August 15 to be sentenced for 19 counts of stealing.
She pleaded guilty to all charges at an earlier appearance.
Magistrate Michael Wheeler asked to hear the facts from the police.
The prosecutor said it began on September 7, 2015, when Baldry attended her grandmother’s house to ask for money.
Her grandmother agreed to give her $50 and gave Baldry her ATM card and pin number.
Baldry proceeded to an ATM in Shoalwater where she took $350 – $300 more than what had been agreed to.
She returned the card to her grandmother.
Baldry returned to her grandmother’s house on 19 more occasions, except she no longer asked for money.
She simply took the card and used it to withdraw money after which each time she returned the card to her grandmother’s purse.
Over three consecutive days in February this year she withdrew $2600.
The total amount she took was $9950.
The prosecutor said Baldry gave police various reasons for the theft.
She told police she had seen how much money her grandmother had in her account so she took extra.
Police said the victim’s grandmother suffered from dementia.
The duty lawyer said Baldry had made full admissions to police, pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and engaged in victim mediation.
Baldry was also paying her grandmother back by instalments.
She said Baldry had a gambling problem at the time, but has the support of her family and was not gambling anymore.
“I would ask for a spent conviction as she seeks employment with hospitality in the future,” she said.
Magistrate Wheeler interjected and questioned Baldry’s gambling.
“You’re dreaming about a spent conviction,” he said.
“I find it incomprehensible that you did it in the first place.
“There is no basis for a spent conviction so one is not granted.
“And I’ll give you full reasons why I won’t give it (spent conviction).
“It wasn’t a one-off – over six months it was continuous and repetitive.
“Your actions were incredibly parasitic – you used her.
“You say there was a gambling problem. I almost hope that is the case otherwise you are just callous.
“Using a family member is the lowest.
“Just one dollar more and you would have been going to prison.”
He fined her $3000 and ordered she pay restitution of $9950.00