Kimberley Summer Hartley, 20, is embroiled in a lawsuit over the alleged theft of money and diamond jewelry
A tattooed sex worker who disappeared from a Gold Coast marriage and only came to a brothel at a distance of 1000 km is involved in a criminal case for theft of cash and diamond jewelry.
& # 39; Social Media Addict & # 39; Kimberley Hartley, 20, panicked with her friends earlier this month when she disappeared from Queensland and did not respond to worried friends for more than a week.
At the same time, an order was issued for her arrest for not appearing in court on charges of allegedly stealing $ 7,800 in cash, plus jewelry, from a woman's home.
Now, in the final turn in her story, Miss Hartley was back in court last week to clear her name after being convicted of all charges in her absence.
In court cases, police claimed that Miss Hartley stole up to $ 8015 in family items – including a necklace with a pendant with blue gems, diamonds set and pearl earrings – and cash from a home in Eastgardens last December.
Miss Hartley denies the allegations and her lawyer had successfully set aside the convictions – or annulled them, in the legal sense – pending a future hearing.
But she told Daily Mail Australia out of court that she is afraid that people still believe she is a criminal because of & # 39; the way I look & # 39; – a clear reference to her facial tattoos.
Miss Hartley made headlines after she disappeared from a wedding on the Gold Coast and was found a week later at a brothel about 1,000 km away near Wollongong, New South Wales.
While fighting the charge, Miss Hartley told Daily Mail Australia that she fears that & # 39; the way I look & # 39; might make people believe she is a criminal – a clear reference to her tats
Speaking of her legal ordeal, she said: & I am excited to see the outcome, since even the lawyers and police say it is all indirect evidence, so that gives me a lot of hope & # 39;
Miss Hartley was given a bail to a backpackers hostel in Sydney, demanding that she report to the police on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and lose $ 1,000.
But she complained that she was rescued far from her house south of Sydney, giving her the feeling that she had to work as a prostitute without a break.
& # 39; Now I have to stay in Sydney for another five weeks and work in a brothel & # 39 ;, she said out of court.
& # 39; I have not had a break from work for three weeks and I am crazy.
& # 39; (I don't know) it feels like they're forcing me to continue working as a prostitute without interruption, and there is literally no way out right now. & # 39;
Miss Hartley said she was hopeful that the charges would be resolved to her advantage after her bizarre ordeal this month made her feel that & # 39; everything was exploding for me & # 39;
& # 39; I'm just very anxious, it's easy for people to believe that I would do such a terrible thing based on my appearance, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; I'm happy to see the outcome, since even the lawyers and the police say it's all indirect evidence, so that gives me a lot of hope & # 39 ;.
Miss Hartley first made headlines when she disappeared from the radar seven days after her partner's wedding.
Miss Hartley disappeared after her Gold Coast wedding – only found in Unanderra, New South Wales, living in a bordello
In an exclusive interview, Miss Hartley explained that she had simply left her phone in her hotel and waited for it to be returned.
But her friends were very worried because they knew her as a & # 39; social media addict & # 39; who would go without food before going without her phone. & # 39;
A plea for help finding Miss Hartley went viral on social media, her case was written in the national press, and people discovered that she lived in a bordello in Wollongong.
I feel that everything has exploded for me
Meanwhile, Miss Hartley thought she had changed her date for a magistrate at Wollongong Court, but she had not double-checked until the police knocked.
& # 39; It wasn't great, & # 39; she admitted. & # 39; It is my fault not to handle it properly. I should have followed it. & # 39;
Given the extreme publicity, Miss Hartley then decided to go public with the fact that she was a sex worker.
Miss Hartley – above, at the wedding she disappeared from – went public with the fact that she was a sex worker after the press revealed that she lived in a brothel in Unanderra
& # 39; I am not ashamed to tell people that I am a sex worker, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; But I'm quite a private person and letting the whole world in on my biggest secret scares me. & # 39;
Mrs. Hartley said she worked in brothels since she was 18 – and started because she & # 39; no money and nothing & # 39; had.
& # 39; A girl I knew went into a brothel, so I just went with her to see it …
& # 39; After my first wage I knew there was no turning back, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; I love my job now. I love being able to do what I want when I want and have as much freedom as anyone can ask. & # 39;
Mrs. Hartley's case returns to court for a hearing in November.
TIME LINE: FROM PAST PAST TO COURT DATE
September 1, 2019: Kimberley Hartley, 20, was last seen outside of a hotel after attending a friend's wedding on the Gold Coast. She disappears
September 7: Friends sound the alarm after not hearing from Miss Hartley for a week
& # 39; She would go without food before going without her phone or internet, so it's really out of character for her to remain silent, & # 39; said one.
September 9th: Miss Hartley appears in court in Wollongong, New South Wales, after the police tracked her down to a local brothel
September 12th: Miss Hartley explains the circumstances of her disappearance to Daily Mail Australia
September 23: Her three convictions, which took place in her absence, are annulled and a hearing date is set for November
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