Woman could face jail next time

NIKI Marie Dilleen’s green thumb drove her to steal $1618 worth of gardening equipment from Yeppoon State School.

But the 29-year-old wasn’t looking to do some landscaping. She was trying to get money to score cannabis.

Dilleen pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court last week to two charges of entering premises and committing an

indictable offence.

Dilleen broke into the school shed in February using a screwdriver and made off with a number of items including a brush cutter, a chainsaw and a generator which she later sold.

The school wasn’t the first of Dilleen’s victims as she targeted a motel on Anzac Par

ade in Yeppoon in mid-December last year.

She stole a Weber barbecue from the motel and sold it.

Police prosecutor Karen Dunham suggested Dilleen be sentenced to a period of imprisonment.

Duty lawyer Danny Yarrow said Dilleen had been using cannabis since she was 16.

He said she had been trying to clean up her lifestyle. Mr Yarrow said Dilleen wasn’t the sole offender, but had not nominated any co-offenders.

Magistrate Cameron Press warned Dilleen that if she returned to the court for similar offences she could face imprisonment.

He sentenced her to 150 hours of community service and two years probation and ordered her to pay $1618 in restitution.



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