Bushfire looters admit to Batemans Bay electrical store break-in


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A man and a woman have faced court and pleaded guilty to charges of looting on the fire-ravaged New South Wales South Coast.

The pair, both from Tilba Tilba, were accused of stealing from a Beta Electrical store at Batemans Bay, which they broke into twice on Wednesday night.

Leon Elton, 38, has pleaded guilty to six offences — two counts of larceny, two counts of break and enter with intent to commit an indictable offence, disposing of stolen goods, and a drug possession charge.

The plumber appeared via audio visual link from South Coast Correctional Centre at Nowra and was quiet throughout his appearance.

He did not apply for bail.

Kylie Pobjie, 31, also appearing by audio visual link but from Silverwater Correctional Complex, pleaded guilty to two counts of larceny, two counts of break and enter with intent to commit an indictable offence, and two counts of disposing of stolen goods.

She did apply for bail, but it was opposed by the prosecutor, who told the court she had an “unenviable record”.

Her lawyer told the court that while her crimes had been opportunistic at a time when the community was vulnerable, she also rang police to fully confess.

Magistrate Doug Dick refused bail, saying Ms Pobjie would be likely to receive a penalty involving imprisonment and he was concerned about her previous breaches of bail.

The part-time cleaner will remain behind bars at Silverwater until her reappearance in court in February.

Lawyer calls for medical assessment

Mr Elton was supported in court by his parents.

His lawyer requested medical assessments, saying Mr Elton was schizophrenic.

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He will reappear in court on February 3.

A third person, 26-year-old Jeremy Holman, also appeared in court, charged with receiving stolen mobile phones.

He pleaded not guilty and remains remanded in custody.

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