February 10, 2006

Bulimic thief jailed after appeal

Bulimic thief jailed after appeal
Jade Bilowol

A BULIMIA sufferer who stole money to buy food has been jailed for nine months after an appeal court overturned her original non-custodial sentence.
Jennifer Aileen La Rosa, 23, last October pleaded guilty in the Brisbane District Court to stealing $51,214 while working as a till operator at a plant nursery at Chandler in the city's southeast.
La Rosa was sentenced to three years' jail, wholly suspended for three years, for stealing the cash between November 2003 and July 2004.
But the Queensland Court of Appeal jailed La Rosa for nine months on Friday after state Attorney-General Linda Lavarch successfully appealed her sentence on the grounds it was "manifestly inadequate".
Prosecutor Ross Martin last week told the court La Rosa's disorder was "not particularly extraordinary" and that she should not escape jail because she was bulimic.
However, La Rosa's lawyer Tony Kimmins said: "It was a case of distorted perception rather than a greedy lifestyle ."
The appeal court judges agreed that bulimia was not "necessarily a reason to impose a lenient sentence".

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