Woman uses G-string to stash cash

ACCUSED of stashing $2500 in proceeds of a crime inside her G-string, Julie-Anne McMahon told the jury in her Lismore District Court trial yesterday it was not unusual to keep money safe that way when she went out.

When defence barrister Peter Davies quipped it was like keeping her money in a safe deposit box, McMahon replied, “Yes”, much to the amusement of jury.

McMahon, 32, of Goonellabah, is pleading not guilty to perverting the course of justice by writing a false $3000 receipt for the sale of a 1990 model white Ford Falcon toJason Gaudron in 2007.

The Crown alleges the receipt was an attempt to explain the cash police found stashed on her.

Mr Gaudron gave evidence that McMahon’s partner, Arthur ‘Artie’ Shackell, forced him to hand over his black Subaru WRX car at gunpoint when he was at the couple’s home for a barbeque in late March 2007.

McMahon admitted yesterday she lied to Det Sgt Mick Smith when she told the officer a receipt for the Ford was with her lawyer. She lied because she did not feel comfortable with the officer going through all her receipts.

McMahon said Mr Gaudron sold his WRX to Shackell, along with the swap of their older Ford Falcon, with the couple to pay him $9000. However, she and Shackell discovered the WRX was financially encumbered, she said.

When the Crown asked what happened to the WRX, McMahon replied it had been left parked on the front lawn when she noticed ‘it was gone’.

“We assumed Jason (Gaudron) took it,” she said.

She denied the WRX had been stripped.

McMahon said Mr Gaudron unexpectedly dropped by one day with $3000 for the Ford and she typed up the receipt on her laptop.

“He knew he did wrong,” she said. “Selling us the WRX when it was encumbered.”

Asked by the Crown if Mr Gaudron, who previously told the court he regularly used the drug speed, misspelt his own name on the receiptbecause he was ‘out of it on speed’, McMahon replied ‘I can’t say, I’m not him’.

The trial is expected to conclude today.

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