St George mother of three caught with stolen jewellery, dodges jail
A MOTHER of three thought she could get away with receiving stolen jewellery, but she faced court instead.
Enid Mary Serico, 28, pleaded guilty to receiving tainted jewellery and breaching a suspended sentence at St George Magistrates Court on October 20.
Police prosecutor sergeant Heather Whiting told the court that prosecutions seek to change the original burglary offence to receive tainted property.
No evidence was provided for the burglary charge, and was therefore dismissed.
Reading out the facts, sgt Whiting told the court the victim’s jewellery was taken from a St George address in the early hours of July 3.
“A member of the public has provided information to police that the stolen property was located at the defendant's home,” sgt Whiting said.
Police conducted a consensual search at Serico’s address on July 5, where two stolen jewellery pieces were found on the kitchen table.
“The defendant was unable to give the consent due to being in hospital, bout sought permission from the defendant's mother, who agreed,” sgt Whiting said.
Sgt Whiting said Serico came to the St George Police Station on July 10 with a backpack, where the stolen jewellery was found.
”The defendant has also had the benefit of probation in relation to a like offence and has had suspended sentences that she has breached,” Sgt Whiting said.
“Prosecutions will submit that a term of imprisonment is certainly within range.”
Solicitor Jessica Hine told the court Serico was at a party before the incident and was intoxicated.
“She doesn’t have a lot of memory about the events,” Ms Hine said.
The court heard that Serico was physically assaulted at the party and taken to hospital, according to Ms Hine.
“She’s taken [the jewellery] to the police and in doing so, effectively handed herself in,” Ms Hine said.
But Magistrate Tracy Mossop queried Ms Hine about the facts, saying that the original facts state a member of the public informed police of the incident.
Sgt Whiting confirmed that two of the jewellery items were on the kitchen table, and the rest were in the backpack delivered by Serico.
“The actual complainant has gotten the jewellery back from the defendant,” Sgt Whiting said.
After Ms Hine outlines Serico’s involvement in the community and her efforts to get her life back on track, Magistrate Mossop she’s “gone and thrown it all away.”
“And yet again with an offence regarding someone else’s property,” Magistrate Mossop said.
“In circumstances where literally only weeks before... you were sentenced by this court for one month of imprisonment hanging over your head for three months.
“Very short term, and you could have actually been going over to the watch-house today and serving some actual time.”
But for the fact Serico had a character reference, recently gained employment and did well on probation, she dodged jail time.
Magistrate Mossop sentenced Serico to three months imprisonment with immediate parole eligibility, and a conviction was recorded.