The alleged fake au pair Samantha Azzopardi could stay behind bars even longer after he refused to accept a community warrant.
The 32-year-old Victorian woman has been on remand for more than 570 days.
On Friday, the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court heard that the compulsive liar intended to leave Victoria immediately upon her release, but declined to tell authorities who she would be living with.
Alleged fake au pair Samantha Azzopardi admitted she cheated on families by lying about her identity
She pretended to be a qualified au pair named Harper Hernandez and received unfair $ 6,500 in wages for six months
Police fear that if Azzopardi is cut free without any form of judicial oversight, she will reintegrate into society and start living a fantasy life again.
The court heard that she had tricked Melbourne couple Tom and Jazze Jervis into believing she was a qualified au pair named Harper Hernandez.
Prosecutor Kristie Churchill said that nothing in Azzopardi’s proposed plan to relocate the highway would bring comfort to the court in terms of her release into the community.
“The fact that Ms. Azzopardi is at the point where she might refuse to agree to a CCO makes sentencing … more difficult,” she said.
Azzopardi was supposed to be sentenced yesterday, but a series of bureaucratic nonsense has led authorities to drag the chain.
Corrections Victoria came under fire by Azzopardi’s lawyer for refusing to refer her to voluntarily go to a mental health clinic in west Melbourne for treatment if she was released.
She is now expected to be sentenced on Friday afternoon.
Although he claimed to be from a wealthy American family, Azzopardi had received $ 6,500 while working for the Jervis family for six months.
A French couple living in Melbourne were also cheated on by Azzopardi, believing she was an au pair named Sakah.
Police had found Azzopardi with identification documents from 19 different people, including a child, when they finally caught up with her.
A doctor would later claim that the fraudster suffered from a severe borderline personality and a condition called pseudologia fantastica, which resulted in “extreme lying.”
The case was scheduled for a disputed preliminary hearing after Azzopardi disputed the nature of the fraud she allegedly committed.
Azzopardi, dressed in blue prison attire, seemed bored as she tuned into court from prison.
She originally faced 55 charges, including child theft, before agreeing to plead guilty Monday on charges of child theft, obtaining property through deception and theft.
Six witnesses would testify at the hearing, including Jazze and Tom Jervis, who employed Azzopardi between December 2018 and June 2019.
Azzopardi’s lawyer had argued that her client should have received a good behavioral guarantee because of the long time she had already spent in custody.
Samantha Azzopardi was convicted of a series of bizarre kidnappings in 2019
The 31-year-old Victorian woman faced 55 charges, including child theft
She had claimed that Azzopardi never intended to harm or rob the children’s parents.
Azzopardi was arrested in November 2019 at a Myer store in Bendigo – in the country of Victoria – where she reportedly took a ten-month-old girl and a four-year-old girl without their parents’ knowledge.
CCTV footage allegedly showing Azzopardi with the children was broadcast Channel 9 at that moment.
It showed Azzopardi, dressed in what appeared to be a school dress and sun hat, holding the baby while her four-year-old sister followed them.
Police had alleged that Azzopardi was posing as an au pair and moved to the family home in Pascoe Vale just weeks before the CCTV was recorded.
She is said to have told the children’s parents that she was taking them for a day out, but ended up in Bendigo.
The alarm went off when Azzopardi was reportedly seen at a mental health center and detectives stopped by.
The girls were returned unharmed in the bizarre kidnapping.
During a hearing in June, the court heard that Azzopardi was accused of calling herself Harper Hernandez and stealing the driver’s license from a woman who hired her to care for her young children.
Camera footage of fake au pair – Samantha Azzopardi – in Bendigo with two children she left with
Samantha Azzopardi appeared before a court in Melbourne on Wednesday, where she was convicted
Samantha Azzopardi has been convicted of child theft
She allegedly helped the woman apply for a new passport, but kept the original.
She was further accused of using the woman’s driver’s license to book a motel as part of a second scam, in which she allegedly depicted a woman named ‘Marley’ to be a 12-year-old girl. convince them to complete a series of bizarre tasks.
Azzopardi is said to have told the girl she was a casting agent auditioning for a voice over role for an upcoming Disney Pixar movie in Sydney.