Fortitude Valley hire car thief found in Rocky

A WOMAN who hired a car in Fortitude Valley but failed to return it was located in Rockhampton on Thursday.

Chenoa Narelle Amos, 34, spent the weekend in the Rockhampton watch house as she had failed to appear in court twice in the past in relation to the hire car incident.

Yesterday she pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court to the three charges.

Police prosecutor Julie Marsden said Amos rented a Toyota Camry from a Fortitude Valley business between May 13-17 then extended the hire period, paying cash upfront, until May 21 but failed to return the car. She said the manager tried to contact her several times and then reported the vehicle stolen.

Police located the car in Bli Bli with the sole occupant being a male driver. The car contained items belonging to Amos.

The court heard she had been fined $500 for unlawful use of a motor vehicle in Maroochydore Magistrates Court days prior to this offence.

Defence lawyer Charles Shepherd said the mother of three's life spiralled downwards after the death of her sister four years ago.

He said the business Amos started with her

sister then collapsed, she became homeless for two years and was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.

Mr Shepherd said she has joint custody of her three children and was on the Newstart Allowance.

Before sentencing, Magistrate Jeff Clarke made a comment about how a person on Newstart, who was supposed to be attending appointments to help

gain employment, and have joint custody of three children, led an itinerant lifestyle travelling across the state.

Mr Clarke ordered Amos pay $1700 in fines and restitution of over $1000 to the hire car company for damages and hire fee.



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