Giddings back in court again


IT took less than two weeks for Thurgoona woman Rebecca Lee Giddings to return to court after she allegedly ignored a ban to stay out of shops unless accompanied by her mother.

Giddings had been on strict bail conditions since January 29.

Magistrate Tony Murray told her then: “Unless your mum is with you, you will not be able to enter any store”.

Giddings, 27, of Coolibah Court, is now in custody after she was back in court yesterday on three counts of shoplifting and one of breaching bail.

Mr Murray said an intensive corrections assessment is pending on other shoplifting matters.

A security officer was at the Myer complex about 4.30pm on Monday when he saw Giddings get a trolley to enter a supermarket.

He was aware of her bail conditions, but she saw him and returned the trolley before leaving.

Later, the security officer saw Giddings with a handbag she did not previously have.

He asked to look in the bag, Giddings claimed she was looking for her mother and then ran off after dumping the bag.

The bag still had a Target tag on it and there were blocks of chocolate inside as well as an electric shaver still in a box.

Security footage from Target showed Giddings stealing the bag and chocolate.

The shaver was stolen from Myer shortly before she was confronted by the security officer.

Giddings went to the police station on Tuesday as part of her bail conditions and was arrested.

Solicitor Jason Hanke said Giddings was seeking admission to drug rehabilitation.

But Mr Murray said the latest offences were identical to other matters she had previously committed in January.

Mr Murray said Giddings would be remanded in custody because if released, she would continue to commit offences.