Woman worked at brothel on home detention

DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 11:43 24/07/2013

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A Christchurch prostitute has admitted lying to her probation officer and breaching her home detention sentence.

Andrea Virginia Rochelle Delahunt, known also as Phipps, appeared before Judge Alistair Garland in the Christchurch District Court today.

The 40-year-old was remanded in custody to August 6 for a date to be set for her sentencing, which will probably be in late September.

Delahunt was sentenced by Judge Garland on November 29, 2011, when she got 12 months of home detention for a series of fraud offences. The court was told that she had ripped off people, employers, and companies for $35,538.

The term has now expired but inquiries have turned up offending by Delahunt while she was living under home detention at an address in Coalgate in rural Canterbury.

Defence counsel Tony Garrett said that up until about halfway through the sentence she had been working as a prostitute in a business described as a brothel, instead of doing cosmetic work - the story she told her probation officer.

She was apparently doing the sex work while still wearing the home detention electronic bracelet.

She admitted four charges of dishonestly accessing a computer system by emailing false details to the probation officer to get time away from home detention for her prostitution work. She also admitted a breach of home detention.

Judge Garland said today it was evident she had done this regularly during the term of home detention he had imposed.

"It is not in the interests of justice now to grant her bail," he said today.

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