A BENDIGO magistrate warned a woman about the “dire consequences” she was facing at a court hearing yesterday.
Rebecca Ann Wright, of Long Gully, appeared before the Bendigo Magistrates Court yesterday after failing to answer bail on another occasion and failing to complete a community work order.
Wright asked Magistrate William Gibb yesterday if the matter could be adjourned so she could obtain a medical certificate to explain that she was “going through a lot” at the time of the incidents.
Mr Gibb expressed his frustration with ongoing delays in relation to the matter.
“Wouldn’t you have got a medical certificate before now?” he said.
“It is not unreasonable to suggest all you are doing is delaying this... 2010 is when you had these fines imposed.
“You then had them converted into unpaid community work, which you then didn’t do.
“And now you want to get a medical certificate.
“This won’t go away.”
Wright told Mr Gibb she was not avoiding anything.
She said she had not been able to get to the doctor’s because she’d been busy caring for a child with chickenpox.
The court clerk became annoyed with Wright when her mobile phone started ringing despite a sign on the court room doors asking people to turn off their phones.
Wright’s son, who was sitting in the gallery, passed the phone to her and the clerk asked her to turn it off.
Mr Gibb adjourned the matter to October 25.
“I’m putting you on notice,” he said.
“Failure of you to do something may result in dire consequences.”