The woman had been a manager at the Wilsonton Hotel at the time of the offending.
The woman had been a manager at the Wilsonton Hotel at the time of the offending.

Jail for manager who ripped off Toowoomba pub for $85,000

A HOTEL manager who ripped off a Toowoomba pub of more than $85,000 has been jailed for three years.

However, accepting by psychological reports Rebecca Anne Newsome suffered mental health issues stemming from childhood trauma, Judge Dennis Lynch QC ordered the term be suspended after she has served six months in jail.

The court heard part of the 37-year-old’s job as manager of the Wilsonton Hotel was to bank the poker machine takings but she had instead kept cash over a five month period from November 30, 2018.

She had also stolen $1200 from the TAB float, Crown prosecutor Shontelle Petrie told the court.

Staff eventually noticed something was wrong when she had turned up in her pyjamas to collect the pub’s takings when she was normally immaculately dressed, she said.

After she was sacked, she had then spiralled out of control and had used a number of scams to forge cheques from clubs which she banked and for which she was sentenced to a suspended jail term.

Her barrister Frank Martin said his client had since gone to live with her mother in New South Wales and was receiving counselling for alcohol, gambling and her mental health issues.

His client had repaid some $14,000, he said.

Mr Martin asked Judge Lynch to suspend his client’s sentence rather than release her on parole which would mean she would remain in Queensland rather than return to her mother in New South Wales where she had support.

“If left to live in Queensland on her own would be a disaster in my submission,” Mr Martin said.

Judge Lynch ordered the balance of the jail term, two and a half years, hang over her head for the next three years during which time she was not to reoffend or risk having part or all of that term served in custody.

“It’s obvious to me what you’ve got to do is look after your mental health,” he told Newsome.

Originally published as Jail for manager who ripped off Toowoomba pub for $85,000