Serial shoplifter, 42, is banned from entering EVERY retail shop in her country hometown as part of extreme bail conditions set by furious judge
- Marie Wanless risks being thrown in jail if she is caught inside any store in town
- Ban is part of bail conditions imposed of the 42-year-old after caught stealing
- Wanless stole sunglasses from a service station in Gunnedah, New South Wales
A serial shoplifter has been banned from entering every shop in her town in an astonishing ruling by a magistrate who wanted to teach her a lesson.
Marie Wanless, 42, risks being thrown in jail if she is caught setting foot in any retail outlet in Gunnedah, in northern New South Wales.
The ban was part of her bail condition imposed by Magistrate Roger Prowse in the Tamworth Local Court earlier this month after she was caught stealing a pair of sunglasses from a service station, The Northern Daily Leader reported.
Mr Prowse told the court Wanless’ offending was serious as she continued to commit offences against the community.
‘If she doesn’t go into retail premises, she can’t flog anything,’ Mr Prowse said.
‘The good business people of Gunnedah might like that … as opposed to the coffers being ripped from them.’
Lawyer Sam Macedone told A Current Affair he had never heard of or seen a bail condition like it.
He said it seemed Wanless had been set up to fail and a treatment program would have been more effective.
‘When you are a serial shoplifter, you have a problem.
‘And that problem, more than likely, is psychological, it’s mental.’
Wanless, who has a long list of offences, including assaulting police, resisting arrest and stealing, was convicted after failing to appear in court. An arrest warrant was then issued.
Marie Wanless, 42, risks being thrown in jail if she is caught stepping foot inside any retail outlet in Gunnedah, in rural New South Wales
Legal Aid solicitor Wendy McAuliffe said Wanless simply forgot she was supposed to appear.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Jodie Westman opposed bail, claiming Wanless was an ‘unacceptable risk’.
Mr Prowse acknowledged the risk but said that can be helped with the bail condition to not step inside a retail store and report to police once a day.
The case was adjourned and Wanless will reappear in court in August.
Magistrate Roger Prowse banned the 42-year-old from stepping foot inside every retail store in Gunnedah, in rural New South Wales (pictured) as part of her bail conditions