A woman who sold a rent-to-own car she had not paid off has been placed on a good behaviour bond.
The 39-year-old was sentenced in the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court yesterday after pleading guilty to theft of a motor vehicle.
The court heard the woman had made $3500 in payments towards the car, but was $500 in arrears when she was issued a notice to repossess in August last year.
The woman then sold the car for $250 in February this year.
When arrested, the woman denied offering to sell the whole vehicle and said she had only offered the wheels, which belonged to her.
Defence lawyer Nicholas Rolfe said the woman encouraged the repossession of the vehicle because she could not make payments, and when it disappeared from her property, she believed the company had taken it.
The car had been immobilised because she was behind on payments, the court heard.
After magistrate John Murphy offered a sentence indication, the woman pleaded guilty.
She was not convicted.
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