A Warrnambool woman who stole supermarket meat and other items to trade for drugs has been jailed for seven days.
Maria Tangimetua, 48, appeared in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court charged with theft and breaching bail. She was jailed for seven days, with four days already spent on remand in custody.
Lawyer Jack Rabl said Tangimetua had initially denied the theft, but was later upfront with police about her plan to swap the meat for drugs.
He said that two separate thefts were unsophisticated and that the goods had been returned.
Mr Rabl said Tangimetua’s life had spiralled out of control in 2015, but that she had recently chosen to isolate herself so that she didn’t continue to engage with the wrong crowd.
“She has become isolated to the point where she is somewhat reliant on drugs and alcohol,” he said.
"The thefts were carried out in order to support that.”
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