Jury convicts woman
THE jury in the trial of Julie-Anne McMahon, accused of stashing $2500 from the proceeds of crime in her G-string, has found her guilty of perverting the course of justice by writing a false receipt.
The Lismore District Court jury did not accept defence argument the cash came from the sale of her Ford Falcon car.
McMahon, 32, previously of Goonellabah and now living near Wiangaree, was granted conditional bail by Judge James Black.
He did not consider the mother of two to be a flight risk, but McMahon mustreport to police twice a week.
Judge Black said it must be clearly understood McMahon's bail was to assist her in the preparation of a pre-sentence report and to make any domestic arrangements regarding her family.
He said it did not under any circumstances preclude her from receiving a custodial sentence for the offence.
It took the jury two hours of deliberation to return the guilty verdict after final Crown and defence argument yesterday morning.
During the trial, McMahon's partner, Arthur ‘Artie' Shackell, slipped quietly in and out of the courtroom to listen to argument.
Witness Jason Gaudron gave evidence Shackell made him hand over his black Subaru WRX at gunpoint at their then Goonellabah home in 2007. Mr Gaudron said the signature (with his name spelt incorrectly) on McMahon's receipt was not his.
McMahon will be sentenced in late August.