Danielle McGuire arriving at the Melbourne Magistrates Court. Photo: Penny Stephens PKS
A Melbourne magistrate has rebuked Danielle McGuire – the former girlfriend of drug boss Tony Mokbel – for what he deemed her "dummy spit" in his court.
Ms McGuire had just heard magistrate Franz Holzer tell her that if guilty of a charge of handling stolen electrical goods worth about $86,000 he would convict and put her on a community corrections order.
Ms McGuire, whose lawyer had earlier indicated she did not want a sentencing indication, suddenly stood up from her seat in Melbourne Magistrates Court as if to leave before she sat down again.
Mr Holzer told her that there would be "no dummy spit in my court" and when she mumbled some inaudible words he asked: "I beg your pardon?"
He asked Ms McGuire to "just remember where you are" and reminded her there was a process to be followed.
It is alleged Ms McGuire, 41, of Port Melbourne, who appeared at a contest mention hearing, committed the offence at Essendon in September, 2012.
Sergeant Geoff Adams, prosecuting, said in a summary that at the time of the alleged offence Ms McGuire was proprietor and sole controller of the business The Nursery Cafe in Mt Alexander Road, Essendon.
Sergeant Adams said the victim of the alleged offence was a company that imported electrical goods that were supplied to retail chains throughout Australia.
When police searched the premises on September 13, they saw large, hand painted signs at the front of the business advertising "electrical household appliances for sale below cost".
Inside the premises, it was alleged, police found "vast" numbers of electrical goods, that included hair dryers and air conditioners, in boxes and on tables.
Sergeant Adams said a representative of the company identified the goods as from his warehouse.
Defence lawyer Sam Andrianakis said his client's defence centred on her knowledge of the goods which he submitted she was not in control of at the time they were obtained.
Mr Andrianakis told Mr Holzer that his client's fingerprints had not been found on any of the boxes but that those of a prosecution witness who had implicated Ms McGuire had been.
There was also a dispute over who was the managing director of the importation company at the time, he said.
In adjourning the case to a contested hearing in May, Mr Holzer ordered that the prosecution provide particulars of the cost of the goods and a statement from a witness said to have been attached to the company at the time.
Ms McGuire gave birth to Mokbel's daughter in Greece where he had sailed to from Australia after skipping bail during a drug trial in Melbourne.
She was for a time associated with bikie enforcer Toby Mitchell, who has had two attempts on his life.