A YOUNG woman who allegedly attempted to rob a woman with a screwdriver before allegedly going on a thieving rampage around the Ballarat area, was granted bail yesterday.
Chloe Kakoschke, 26, of Ballarat, was released on strict conditions after the court heard from her father who said she would reside at his Grant Street home under his “tough” watchful eye.
Kakoschke was arrested on August 6 this year, alongside co-accused Danielle Sultana, 18, in the toilets of the Ballarat train station.
The pair had been seen by station staff acting erratically in the toilets where they were sorting through items they had allegedly stolen from across Ballarat during the day.
Opposing Kakoschke’s bail and detailing the offending, Ballarat Criminal Investigation Unit Detective Senior Constable Geoff Highthorn told the Ballarat Magistrates Court of one incident on August 6 when Kakoschke and Sultana followed an elderly woman into the toilets of the UFS Medical Centre in Doveton Street.
He said the pair waited for the woman to go into a cubicle before Kakoschke reached over the cubicle door and allegedly stole the woman’s handbag.
The pair fled from the centre while being chased by staff and the victim.
Detective Senior Constable Highthorn said on that same day, about 1.30pm, Kakoschke allegedly confronted a woman with a screwdriver, demanding money.
Kakoschke is charged with attempted armed robbery, unlawful assault, attempted theft, possessing a dangerous article, possessing a controlled weapon, theft and obtaining property by deception.
Kakoschke’s defence lawyer, Mike Wardell, touched on his client’s intellectual disability and said her actions that day had been “unusual.”
Mr Wardell said Kakoschke had been deemed suitable for a credit bail program and that her father’s stable address warranted bail.
Magistrate Peter Mithen released Kakoschke on strict bail conditions including that she report every day to the Ballarat police station, that she not leave her Grant Street address between 9pm and 6am, not drink alcohol and not contact her co-accused or witnesses.