Friday, September 25, 2020

Australian model is jailed for series of crimes including shoplifting and robbery

An Australian Instagram model with sticky fingers and a penchant for posing as Catwoman has been jailed after being arrested for the second time this year for a series of crimes including masked robberies and shoplifting, according to a report.

Monique Agostino, 25, was warned by Magistrate Jacqueline Milledge last year that her life was “going down the toilet,” leading Agostino to make a veiled threat that if she harmed herself in jail, it would be the jurist’s fault.

She told Milledge that she had “anxiety and depression” behind bars but the judge told her that she could not keep blaming others for her bad decisions.

The former modeling entrepreneur, real estate agent and social media influencer began her life of crime about two years ago when she drove several teenagers to commit burglaries in Sydney.

The busty blonde who has posted on Instagram as Catwoman and the boys wore masks as they used a chisel to break open doors to businesses, including the Pound of Pizza restaurant on Nov. 6, 2018, when they were captured on video.

She also tried breaking into a House of Fruit convenience store and the nearby Le Parisien Café and also reportedly took part in a break-in at the Stanley Street Café, where $300 and a credit card were stolen.

Agostino was reported to have used the card to buy $11.55 worth of food at a McDonald’s.

About two weeks later, she was involved in a raid at the Forestville Bakery, where $1,000 was stolen.

Agostino was convicted and sentenced to two years in prison and also was convicted of carrying a knife at a Target store, possession of crystal meth and stealing a $90 jacket at a shopping center, according to the outlet.

She appealed the sentence’s severity and was released on bail early this year — but before a court hearing in July, Agostino was stopped by police on an outstanding warrant that she had violated her bail conditions.

Agostino’s appeal was later adjourned until Aug. 26, but when she didn’t show up in court, her motion was dismissed and a warrant was issued for her arrest. She was arrested again on Sept. 5.

Her lawyer, Pawel Kulisiewicz, who applied to reinstate the appeal, told Judge Dina Yehia that his client’s offenses had been “amateur hour” and that “they were always going to get caught.”

The judge reduced Agostino’s sentence to a maximum 12 months with a six-month non-parole period.

With time served, she will be due for release from the Silverwater Women’s Correctional Centre in October.

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