You did the crime honey, now do the time

A convicted and pregnant fraudster is crying a river of tears about how hard it is in prison while pregnant.

A 33-year-old woman sent to prison for stealing $705,000 has lodged an appeal, arguing complications with her pregnancy could make her sentence more severe than usual.

Virginia Rose James, who is 23 weeks pregnant, was jailed for two years and nine months in March after she stole the money from the Taranaki based energy infrastructure company Powerco, where she worked.

But during a High Court appeal in Wellington on Tuesday her lawyer, Jo Woodcock, argued Judge Chris Sygrove hadn’t give enough weight to the mitigating factors in the case when he gave her a 13 month discount from the sentence starting point.  

Speaking via AVL from the New Plymouth courthouse, she said those included James’ willingness to take part in restorative justice and her cooperation with the investigation.

The potentially life-threatening nature of the pregnancy also meant a prison sentence would be harder on the mother-of-three than someone with a normal pregnancy or someone who wasn’t pregnant.

Medical reports from her GP and obstetrician categorised it as a “high risk” pregnancy and outlined she needed to be within half an hour of a surgical team because of the risk of medical complications when she went into labour.

Woodcock said corrections could not adequately care for James if problems arose during the pregnancy and birth of her child while she was in prison.

Give her a box of tissues. These fraudsters are all high and mighty while committing their crimes, but put them in a box and they get all snivelly.

She is currently located in Whanganui prison. That is an 8 min drive from Whanganui Hospital according to Google. Quicker in an ambulance or a prison van I’m sure.

Even if she goes back to Arohata Women’s prison then it is a 9 minute drive to Kenepuru Community Hospital…again like faster in an ambulance or prison van.

So the arguments of her lawyer are bullshit. She’s just a cry baby unable to accept the consequences of her offending. The lawyer’s taking the piss.

Tough tittie lady.



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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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