A woman who allowed a North Albury man to couch-surf in her unit woke one morning to find her mobile phone and her wallet gone, a court has heard
She immediately went to her closest Commonwealth Bank branch to cancel a debit card she kept in the wallet.
When she asked a bank worker to print-out a statement, this showed that John Robert Wishart had already transferred $184 out of the account to one in his own name.
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Eight days later, on July 14, Wishart, 31, of Waugh Road, North Albury, was arrested by police about 8pm on outstanding warrants.
During an interview that night at Albury police station he denied the funds transfer.
But Wishart has now pleaded guilty in Albury Local Court to a charge of dishonestly obtain a financial advantage by deception over the incident.
Wishart pleaded guilty also to an unrelated charge of contravention of an apprehended violence order.
This charge involved a different victim.
Sentencing though was delayed until the completion of a hearing where Wishart is the defendant, at Corowa Local Court on October 20, though magistrate Richard Funston still ordered a sentence assessment report.
The contested matter involves charges of being armed with intent to commit an indictable offence, intimidation and contravention of an apprehended violence order.
Wishart and the victim in the deception matter had known each other for about three years.
The contravention charge was connected to 10-year relationship between Wishart and the victim that ended in 2016.
She was granted a seven-year intervention order in Wodonga Magistrate's Court two years later.
Wishart breached this by sending her text messages, at Corowa, on July 3.
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