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One “self-serving” woman claims she only sat in the driver’s seat of a stolen car because it was cold outside and a large dog was preventing her from smoking in the back. But Tori Jayne Barbra Ford’s statement did not please the judge, who revoked her bail on Monday morning. Ms. Ford appeared in ACT Magistrates Court on new charges of public health failure after she was arrested Sunday afternoon. The 28-year-old was already on bail on 10 other charges, one of which was another allegation of violating the ACT’s lockdown restrictions. Prosecutor Lauren Knobel told the court that one of Ms. Ford’s bail conditions prohibited her from driving or sitting in the driver’s seat of a motor vehicle. However, she said police discovered Ms. Ford in Taylor in the driver’s seat of a car with no license plates. Ms. Knobel said Ms. Ford shouldn’t have been with the woman who sat next to her in the passenger seat or the man who sat in the back with a dog because they all lived in different households. Inspections of the vehicle revealed it had been stolen, while suspected illegal drugs, a tomahawk and a set of apparently altered license plates were found in the car. “The accused consistently acts in a manner that shows disregard for court orders and public health orders,” said the prosecutor. OTHER JUDICIAL AND CRIME: Legal Aid Attorney Elizabeth West defied Ms. Knobel’s motion to withdraw her bail and described the violation as “minor” on Sunday. She said she was directed to have Ms. Ford wait for an elevator home after legally staying at Taylor with her intimate partner. Ms. West accepted that “shady things” had been found in the stolen car, but said that no connection had been established between her and Ms. Ford. The attorney also said that Ms. Ford did not and did not intend to drive the car. Ms. West informed the court that the 28-year-old had only been behind the wheel because it was “particularly cold” outside, the passenger seat was occupied and she could not sit next to the man because of “the big dog in the back”. . “She just had a cigarette with these people in that vehicle,” Ms. West said. The legal aid attorney added Ms. Ford may not have understood that her bail conditions prevented her from simply sitting in the driver’s seat, while the ACT’s lockdown restrictions were difficult to understand for many members of the public. But Judge Beth Campbell wasn’t convinced Ms. Ford hadn’t understood. “The reality is that [Ms Ford] is a veteran player in the criminal justice system, “said Ms. Campbell. She said she believed Ms. Ford already drove or would drive the stolen car.” Her self-interest seems to be well above that of the rest of us. “Ms. Campbell said: “I have no confidence that she will not commit further crimes or violate conditions.” The judge has therefore put Ms. Ford in custody until the next court dates on Wednesday and in November – current news for the community So you can continue to our access trusted content:

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September 27, 2021 – 1:30 p.m.

One “self-serving” woman claims she only sat in the driver’s seat of a stolen car because it was cold outside and a large dog was preventing her from smoking in the back.

But Tori Jayne Barbra Ford’s statement did not please the judge, who revoked her bail on Monday morning.

Ms. Ford appeared in ACT Magistrates Court on a new charge of public health failure after she was arrested Sunday afternoon.

The 28-year-old was already on bail on 10 other charges, one of which was another allegation of violating ACT’s lockdown restrictions.

Attorney Lauren Knobel told the court that one of Ms. Ford’s bail conditions prohibited her from driving or being taken in the driver’s seat of a motor vehicle.

However, she said police discovered Ms. Ford in Taylor in the driver’s seat of a car with no license plates.

Ms. Knobel said Ms. Ford shouldn’t have been with the woman who sat next to her in the passenger seat or the man who sat with a dog in the back because they all lived in different households.

Inspections of the vehicle revealed it had been stolen, while suspected illegal drugs, a tomahawk and a set of apparently altered license plates were found in the car.

“The accused consistently acts in a manner that shows disregard for court orders and public health orders,” said the prosecutor.

Legal assistance attorney Elizabeth West denied Ms. Knobel’s request to withdraw bail, calling the violation “minor” on Sunday.

She said she was directed to have Ms. Ford wait for an elevator home after legally staying at Taylor with her intimate partner.

Ms. West accepted that “shady things” had been found in the stolen car, but said that no connection had been established between her and Ms. Ford.

The attorney also said that Ms. Ford did not and did not intend to drive the car.

Ms. West informed the court that the 28-year-old had only been behind the wheel because it was “particularly cold” outside, the passenger seat was occupied and she could not sit next to the man because of “the big dog in the back”. .

“She just had a cigarette with these people in that vehicle,” Ms. West said.

The legal aid attorney added that Ms. Ford may not have understood that her bail conditions prevented her from simply sitting in the driver’s seat, while the ACT’s lockdown restrictions were difficult to understand for many members of the public.

But Judge Beth Campbell wasn’t convinced Ms. Ford hadn’t understood.

“The reality is that [Ms Ford] is a seasoned player in the criminal justice system, “said Campbell.

She said she believed Ms. Ford already drove or would drive the stolen car.

“Your self-interest seems to be way above the rest of us,” said Campbell.

“I have no confidence that she will not commit further crimes or break any conditions.”

The magistrate has therefore taken Ms. Ford into custody until the next court hearing on Wednesday and in November.

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