Shannon Renata stole her house guest's bank card after he was taken away in an ambulance.
Shannon Renata stole her house guest's bank card after he was taken away in an ambulance.

Gatton mum stole sick friend’s bank card, spent big

WHEN her house guest fell sick and went to hospital, one Gatton mother acted quickly.

But, instead of worrying for her friend's poor health, Shannon Renata took the man's bank card for a shopping spree, having memorised the PIN.

Gatton Magistrates Court heard Renata, 36, used the 52-year-old man's Commonwealth Bank card to make purchases between October 15 and 19, last year.

Police prosecutor Alister Windsor said the man had driven from New South Wales to visit Renata and her family.

"On the morning of October 16, the complainant became ill and was admitted to the Gatton Hospital by way of ambulance," Sgt Windsor said.

"He left all his personal belongings, including his motor vehicle, which contained his clothing and wallet."

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The court heard Renata had learned the PIN to the man's bank card, from when the pair had shopped together.

On the same day her friend went into hospital, Renata used his card to pay for purchases at Coles, Gatton, and IGA, Gatton, spending $280.90 in total.

The next day, she used the card three more times, spending another $551.75.

"(She spent at) Coles, Gatton, IGA, Gatton, and cash withdrawn at the Gatton View Hotel," Sgt Windsor said.

She bought fuel at the College View BP the next day and withdrew $80, again using the man's card.

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In court, Renata pleaded guilty to stealing and fraud.

Renata's lawyer Leah Scott noted her client's criminal history but argued her most recent dishonesty charge took place five years ago.

"There are some dishonesty but in my submission it's limited," Ms Scott said.

Magistrate Kay Ryan agreed it had been some time since her last relevant charge.

"Although you have had a bit of a battle with other things since then," Ms Ryan said.

"You have taken advantage of this guest in your home, which is pretty bad stuff and it's not an insignificant amount of money, either."

She fined Renata $500 and ordered she pay $931.34 to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

A conviction was recorded.

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