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Serial offender behind bars for breaching bail

A woman from Rochester has been jailed for breaching her bail conditions.

April 23, 2014 4:35pm

Rochester woman Bianca Lee Warren, 32, was refused bail when she appeared in Echuca Magistrates Court yesterday.

Warren, also known as Bianca Webb, has been in custody since early Monday when she was arrested in Echuca and charged with possessing a drug of dependence (methamphetamine), possessing a controlled weapon, driving while suspended, dealing with property suspected of being proceeds of crime and breach of bail conditions.

She was bailed last month on various charges, including possessing and trafficking heroin, two counts of driving while disqualified, careless driving, unregistered driving, driving while suspended and speeding.

Her conditions specified she must not drive a vehicle, not use drugs and be inside her home in Rochester between 8pm and 8am.

Constable Hannah Hearn of Echuca police told the court she saw Warren driving a car north along Campaspe Esplanade at 4.20am Monday and, on seeing police, accelerated and turned into a carport in Butcher St.

Constable Hearn said she and another officer spoke to Warren before searching her car, where they found a knife, $1000 in her wallet and five deal bags containing a white powder, believed to be methamphetamine.

‘‘We did a full search of the accused and removed an ice pipe,’’ Constable Hearn said.

‘‘I believe she was drug-affected while driving.’’

Constable Hearn said Warren had breached all her conditions and strongly opposed bail because of her risk to public safety.

Magistrate Jennifer Tregent asked Warren why she should grant her bail when she was clearly a danger to the public.

An incoherent and emotional Warren claimed she was not the driver of the car on Monday and said the money was for her nine-year-old daughter’s birthday.

‘‘I’ve been good...I am not a menace,’’ she said.

Ms Tregent said Warren was best placed to be remanded in custody, so she could do something about her drug addiction.

‘‘I believe the risk of you re-offending is too high and will expose the community to danger,’’ she said.

Warren was remanded in custody to appear on May 6.

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