A Warrnambool couple accused of stealing firearms and ammunition from a Tower Hill property have lost a bid to remove a bail condition that prevents them from contacting each other.
Demi Nash, 27, of Lachlan Street, appeared in Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Friday where she made an unsuccessful application to vary a bail condition that prohibits her from contacting her partner and co-accused Leigh James, 30, of Raglan Parade.
The pair faces burglary and theft-related charges.
Prosecutor Redmond Casey alleged the pair attended a private residential premises in Tower Hill between August 26 and 28 last year and stole an air rifle, two mid-range rifles and ammunition.
He said the victims were in the process of moving out of the Princes Highway property and were not home at the time of the burglary and theft.
He said the victims left on August 26 and a real estate agent organised an open for inspection at the property at 5pm that day.
When the victims returned home, the firearms were gone.
Mr Casey said Ms Nash and Mr James were on a list of people who registered to inspect the property.
He said a search warrant at a property in Warrnambool's Goodall Street located the three firearms hidden in the rear wheel arch of a black Holden utility belonging to Mr James.
A second vehicle belonging to the two accused allegedly uncovered the ammunition, $6500 cash believed to be proceeds of crime and a small amount of cannabis.
The pair was arrested and Ms Nash was found in possession of a small quantity of ice.
The court heard that after a history of bail applications, Ms Nash and and Mr James were released from custody with strict conditions, including they not contact each other.
But on August 14, the couple was allegedly observed together in Koroit's Commercial Road.
Mr Casey said a subsequent intercept of Ms Nash's phone revealed "a large amount of contact with a second phone that was in her name and confirmed to belong to Mr James".
He said Mr James was arrested on August 22, charged with breaching his bail conditions and jailed for one day.
Mr Casey said Ms Nash had no regard for her bail conditions and had set up a phone for Mr James in her own name in order to go undetected.
Ms Nash told the court she had not used drugs for 13 months and wanted to have contact with Mr James in order to maintain their relationship.
She said not being able to contact her partner was "affecting her mental health" and that she wanted "to go to the supermarket or go for a walk" together.
She said she had "lived a life of chaos" but wanted to move forward, which she said was difficult without the support of her partner.
Magistrate Mark Stratmann said Ms Nash had 19 pages of criminal history and was facing "extremely serious" charges related to burglary and the theft of firearms.
He refused her application.
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