A recidivist thief who stole meat from a supermarket less than an hour after leaving a Hamilton court for unrelated matters has been jailed for two months.
Natalie Hilliard, 33, of Kenna Avenue, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court via video link on Wednesday to theft and bail-related offences.
The court heard Hilliard had an extensive criminal history, including 10 theft-related offences, five deceptions and three assaults.
She was released on bail on April 5 with conditions she not remain within five metres of a licensed premises.
Then on April 10, she went to Aldi supermarket in Hamilton's Swan Street about 7pm and stole three bottles of alcohol, including sparkling wine, Irish cream liquor and whiskey.
On May 22, she appeared in Hamilton Court for an unrelated matter. Within 30 minutes of leaving the court she went to the Hamilton IGA supermarket and stole 300 grams of ham and a handful of twiggy sticks worth $10.
The supermarket was located within five metres of a licensed premises and the offending therefore breached her bail conditions.
The court heard Hilliard suffered depression and alcohol addiction.
Magistrate Mark Stratmann said if Hilliard continued to re-offend she would spend more and more time in jail.
He sentenced her to two months in jail with seven days already served in custody on remand.
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