Former CWA secretary to appeal sentence

FORMER secretary of the Country Women’s Association Sale branch, Kate Lougheed, was granted bail Wednesday in order to prepare an appeal hearing after being sentenced to 12 months gaol.

According to ABC News, the 66-year-old pleaded guilty to stealing $24,000 from the branch between 2009 and 2010 while she was secretary, allegedly to feed her gambling habit.

Ms Loughee was sentenced to 12 months in gaol, with a minimum of three months to serve.

At the hearing, Ms Lougheed was reprimanded by the magistrate for breaching the trust of the CWA.

The magistrate reportedly made suggestions, because of Ms Lougheed’s criminal history, that she was a habitual thief.

The detective overseeing the case was not available for comment.

CWA North Gippsland branch president Anne DuVe declined to comment on proceedings.