Mate’s kind gesture repaid with shocking theft
A FRIEND’S act of kindness was thrown back in their face when a woman broke in and stole expensive electronics from a home they were house-sitting.
Tahlia Jade Harris, 25, spoke of the fear she felt after spending 11 days in prison for breaking into the Warana home, possessing drugs and breaching probation six times.
“You have to watch your back,” she said of the women at the prison.
Police prosecutor Stuart Lydford said Harris was “sleeping rough” when a friend offered she use the shower at a home they were house-sitting on September 27.
The friend cooked Harris food and let her have a long shower before she decided to leave.
It wasn’t until the owner of the home arrived back that they noticed an Xbox was missing.
Sergeant Lydford said Harris broke in through a window the day after she was taken in and stole the game console.
Police found her sleeping in a tent on the banks of Currimundi Lake on September 30.
She was in possession of the stolen console, pepper spray and drug utensils.
Defence lawyer Rachel Holland said the mother-of-two “lost hope” and spiralled into drug use.
Harris’ parents were at Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Friday in support when she pleaded guilty to a string of charges, including entering a dwelling to commit an indictable offence.
Harris spoke directly to magistrate Maxine Baldwin when she asked if she was scared in prison since her arrest.
“It depends on what mood the girls are in … it changes by the hour,” she said.
Ms Baldwin asked her to think about what another few months in prison would feel like if she kept on the same path.
She said the way she treated her friend was “unbelievable”.
“They gave you an olive branch and that’s how you repay them,” she said.
Harris was sentenced to 18 months probation.