Woman who removed tracking device faces 21 charges

A woman on home detention managed to go unnoticed by Corrections for two months after removing her GPS tracking device.

Desiree Fay Weston (30) was refused bail during an appearance by audio visual link at the Invercargill District Court yesterday.

She faces 21 charges, including unlawful possession of a firearm, escaping police custody, fraud, breach of home detention, and driving while disqualified.

Counsel Jono Ross applied for bail and requested his client be remanded in custody without plea.

Weston admitted she struggled with substance abuse and was concerned she would not have access to rehabilitation if remanded in prison, he said.

‘‘She is entitled to a presumption of innocence ... She has been in custody for three weeks.’’

However, Judge John Brandts-Giesen said Weston’s criminal records showed her inability to comply with the law.

She has a history of 28 convictions, including 11 offences committed while on bail.

‘‘There’s a real risk the offendant may offend on bail. This offender should be remanded in custody at this stage.’’

Weston’s next appearance will be at the Invercargill District Court on February 11.