Port Lincoln court hears plea for bail from crime spree accused

A Victorian woman charged with a series of offences across South Australia has applied for home detention bail in her home state in Port Lincoln Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Jaimee Lee Dando, 21, of Geelong, was arrested in Port Lincoln on Monday in connection to a series of crimes between April 4 to 9 in Mount Gambier, Robe, Rendelsham, Victor Harbor and Port Lincoln.

A man she had allegedly been travelling with remains at large.

Miss Dando faces charges of theft, interfering with a motor vehicle, driving a motor vehicle without consent, making off without payment, serious criminal trespass and unlawful possession.

She did not enter a plea to the charges.

Miss Dando’s lawyer said she had no history of offending in South Australia and Victoria and there were grounds for the court to consider bail in Victoria, to be with family in Geelong.

The prosecution opposed bail, saying she was a “flight risk” and investigations were ongoing.

Magistrate Harrup suggested the possibility of home detention in South Australia, which the prosecution supported, but Miss Dando’s lawyer said she had no family or support in South Australia.

Magistrate Harrup said while it appeared Miss Dando had family support in Geelong, she had “not embraced that support for some time”.

“Her behaviour in the last week or so has caused some concern to this magistrate,” he said.

The hearing was adjourned to Friday morning at 10am.