Not guilty plea
Wednesday, 17th August, 2011
A local woman has pleaded not guilty to stealing $160,000 from a motel where she worked.
Nicole Lea Robson is charged with stealing the money between November 2009 and May this year when she was employed by the Comfort Inn Hilltop Motel in Kaolin Street.
Robson (27) was charged in June with six counts of stealing property as a clerk and was due to face the Local Court yesterday to answer the charges.
However, her lawyer, Maria Linkenbagh, told Magistrate Geoff Dunlevy that her client was unable to appear in court because she was “heavily pregnant with twins.”
Ms Linkenbagh lodged a plea of not guilty to all the charges on behalf of Ms Robson and Mr Dunlevy adjourned the matter to September 27.
It is alleged that the accused stole the money by transferring the takings from different parts of the motel’s business into bank accounts that she was able to use.
The police have said that the alleged theft was discovered in February after the owners of the motel detected losses that they could not account for.
One of the charges relate to the theft of $97,565, another to the theft of $46,564 and the rest to smaller sums, according to police.