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Woman who allegedly faked domestic violence in fraud loses bail bid

A woman who allegedly faked domestic violence to defraud Canberrans has lost a second attempt at bail, despite wanting to show her daughter a "better way of living" upon release.

Delphine Maree Charles, 32, has pleaded not guilty to a series of fraud and theft charges currently before the ACT Magistrates Court.

She is accused of pretending to be a victim of domestic violence to steal from Good Samaritans in Canberra.

In a media statement last week, police alleged she knocked on doors in Charnwood, Florey, and Belconnen, saying she was in danger and needed help. 

Police alleged that she stole a credit card and a bank card on one occasion, using them to purchase goods.

Charles was denied bail for the first time last week.


The new allegations put her in breach of bail for another, unrelated series of theft and fraud charges currently before the court. 

That means she faces an extra hurdle before being released on bail, needing to prove there are "special or exceptional" circumstances for her to be let out of prison.

Charles made her second bail application before Magistrate Robert Cook on Tuesday.

Her lawyer Kate Bills, of the Aboriginal Legal Service, said Charles had been offered a place in a residential rehabilitation centre in NSW. 

Ms Bills said Charles' offending was linked to her drug and alcohol problems, and that this was the first time she'd shown a desire to rehabilitate.

Her client also wanted to show her teenage daughter a "better way of living" by entering rehabilitation. 

But Mr Cook said Charles would have realised things needed to change when she was charged with the earlier offences in July. Despite that, she is now facing 12 new charges, he said.

Mr Cook also expressed concern that the rehabilitation facility in NSW may not allow her back to the ACT to attend her next court dates.

He refused Charles bail, saying no special or exceptional circumstances existed. 

The matter will reappear in the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date.