Mum pawns stereo speakers for her kids

BRITTANY Anne Hudson was thinking of her children when she decided to get some quick money.

The 20-year-old had rented speakers from an electronics store in Rockhampton and was in an agreement to pay them off.

Five months into the agreement and Hudson used the speakers to secure a cash loan from a pawn store.

But this exchange landed Hudson in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday where she pleaded guilty to a string of charges including stealing.

The court heard that Hudson needed the money for her kids.

When payments from Hudson stopped for the speakers, a staff member from the electronics store went to see Hudson about the issue.

The court heard that the mother-of-two no longer had the speakers and said she had misunderstood the rental agreement.

Hudson was expected in Rockhampton Magistrates Court earlier this month to face charges, but missed her court date.

Police had a warrant for her arrest and headed straight to Hudson's address, where police found her hiding under a bed inside a house.

In court yesterday, Hudson was sitting in the dock as she faced four charges.

The court's duty lawyer said Hudson had only exchanged the speakers for cash because she needed money for her kids.

The court heard she missed her previous court date because her cousin had passed away.

Rockhampton Magistrate Michael O'Driscoll told the court that fines for all the charges were not appropriate as she had more than $5000 outstanding in fines from the court.

Hudson was fined $300 for contravening an order from police and was put on probation for 12 months for the three remaining charges.

A conviction was recorded and she was ordered to pay $250 restitution for the speakers.



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