Pair accused of 'pilfering' letterboxes

ROBERT KIDD
Last updated 15:10 23/11/2012

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Two sisters-in-law accused of stealing mail appeared in North Shore District Court this week.

Zhaquia Jacquita Maaka, 24, and Samantha Michelle Smith, 22, face charges of unlawfully opening a postal article, possession of an offensive weapon and seven charges of theft.

Maaka is also accused of a breach of the Medicines Act.

Judge Thomas Everitt summarised the charges against them as "pilfering from mailboxes" and was unimpressed by their bid to spend more time together.

The women's bail bond included a non-association order but their lawyers asked for that to be deleted because the pair wanted to attend weekly family barbecues and they relied on each other to look after one another's children.

Judge Everitt said he could only vary their bail if there had been a change in circumstances since their original bond was issued.

That was not the case.

He remanded them without plea to reappear next month.

Defence counsel indicated they would be questioning the validity of the search warrants police used to obtain evidence which led to the charges.

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