Reprieve for woman in Warrnambool Magistrates Court

Jane Oates, 29, of Shakespeare Street, Hamilton, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to charges of accepting the proceeds of crime.

Jane Oates, 29, of Shakespeare Street, Hamilton, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to charges of accepting the proceeds of crime.

A WOMAN who watched her partner use a stolen credit card on a shopping spree has been given a good behaviour bond. 

Jane Oates, 29, of Shakespeare Street, Hamilton, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to charges of accepting the proceeds of crime.

Police prosecutors said Oates’ partner stole a credit card from the wallet of a swimmer on March 21 this year.  

Over several hours, her partner had spent hundreds of dollars on items, including computer tablets from Kmart. The pair also purchased car parts, shoes and groceries. 

Sergeant Sandra Skilton said surveillance footage showed Oates with her partner at the Gateway Plaza newsagent purchasing lottery tickets.  “The male was using a stolen credit card while the female stood behind watching the transaction,” Sergeant Skilton said. 

Defence counsel said Oates was unaware her partner had stolen the card and had been told he had received a $1000 loan from Centrelink.

Magistrate Peter Mellas accepted the statement. “I am going to give you an opportunity on the condition that you agree to be on good behaviour,” Mr Mellas said. 

Oates was given a one-year good behaviour bond.

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