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Woman convicted over lip balm theft from IGA

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February 21, 2018

A WOMAN who stole lip balm from the Rochester IGA has been given a six-month adjourned undertaking.

A WOMAN who stole lip balm from the Rochester IGA has been given a six-month adjourned undertaking.

Echuca’s Rosemarie Togonon appeared in Echuca Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, February 14 to plead guilty to theft and unlawful possession of weapons.

The court heard the mother of two attended Major’s IGA supermarket on October 28, 2017 with her then de facto partner.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Mark Snell told the court Togonon stole two lip balms and a cold sore cream.

‘‘There was no attempt to pay and the total cost of the items was $20.11,’’ he said.

On September 11, 2017 Togonon was taken to the Echuca hospital after reports of an assault.

‘‘When police arrived she was sitting in a wheelchair with a calico bag on her lap,’’ Sergeant Snell said.

Police found items including knives and scissors.

The court heard her partner was in prison at the moment and she had claimed she had been attacked on six separate occasions.

Magistrate John Murphy said people who carry knives are usually in more danger.

‘‘Statistics show people who carry knives are more likely to be stabbed than those who don’t,’’ he said.

She was convicted and sentenced to a six-month adjourned undertaking.

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