Jessica Nugent tried to plea guilty to fraud and theft charges, despite being adamant she wasn’t in town on the weekend the alleged crimes took place.
Jessica Nugent tried to plea guilty to fraud and theft charges, despite being adamant she wasn’t in town on the weekend the alleged crimes took place.

Woman pleads guilty to fraud, despite saying she’s innocent

IT WAS a complicated day for Magistrate Kay Ryan this week, who found herself facing a woman who wished to plead guilty to 12 charges, while insisting she wasn't in town when the alleged crimes took place.

Jessica Nugent, whose case has been repeatedly adjourned due to her refusals to have legal representation, faced the Gatton Magistrate's Court again this week.

She was charged with stealing a relative's debit card, and using it to make 11 purchases over the course of two days.

"I know your honour, I wasn't even in town when it happened," Nugent said.

"Well if you weren't in town, you can't plead guilty to them, if you've got a defence," Ms Ryan replied.

"If you're pleading not guilty, then it goes to a hearing, you'll have to have a brief of evidence, which won't be available until April."

She reiterated Nugent needed to find legal representation, or at the very least communicate with the prosecution if she intended to continue representing herself.

"I've been doing this since September last year, I've just had enough. I want this over and done with," Nugent said.

"I either get locked up for it, or I go home."

Ms Ryan said the charges were not significant enough to warrant imprisonment.

"You won't get locked up, but I cannot possibly take a plea of guilty on charges where you weren't even in town," she said.

"I have ethics too. What would it look like if I started convicting people and sending them to prison when they're not guilty. What would that look like?"

Nugent protested the decision, claiming the ongoing court case was having an adverse effect on her plans to relocate.

"It's affecting my family, it's affecting my life. I want to move out of this town, but I can't until this court case is done," Nugent said.

"I've had two transfers through housing cancelled because of this court case. I want to leave, I want to take my family and just leave."

The case was remanded to Monday, April 6.

Nugent also faced a number of unrelated charges regarding the possession of dangerous drugs and associated equipment, which she pleaded guilty to without argument.

She was fined $900, and a conviction was recorded.


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