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Bikini model Stevie Bamford’s bizarre Sydney steals alcoholic beverages

The bikini model with a long history of court cases is now facing jail for a series of brazen liquor store thefts

  • A former model has been told she “probably” faces jail time after stealing 22 alcoholic drinks
  • Stevie Bamford went on a bizarre nearly $250 shoplifting trip in Sydney
  • It comes after the troubled 31-year-old failed to appear in court in August
  • A decade earlier, she had been convicted of falsely accusing a driver of raping her
  • The court heard she suffers from “significant” drug addiction and mental health problems

A former bikini model has been warned she may face jail after she stole bottles of alcohol from liquor stores in east Sydney just months after being convicted of fraud at a luxury hotel.

Stevie Bamford was due to be sentenced in Waverley Local Court on Monday after being found guilty of three counts of theft for less than $2,000.

However, when she entered the courtroom shortly after 10.30am wearing silver heels and long black hair tied in a high ponytail, the matter was adjourned.

Stevie Bamford (pictured), 31, falsely accused a tuk-tuk driver of raping her in Thailand a decade ago because she didn't want her boyfriend to be mad at her for being late

Stevie Bamford (pictured), 31, falsely accused a tuk-tuk driver of raping her in Thailand a decade ago because she didn’t want her boyfriend to be mad at her for being late

But not before Judge Jacqueline Milledge gave the 31-year-old a stern warning that she “is likely to go to jail”.

“I’ve looked at your criminal record and you really do face a prison sentence,” Ms Milledge told Bamford.

“There needs to be a sentencing report, the court needs to know what’s going on in your life and what to do with you… You’re not in a good place.”

Bamford nodded his head and said she “got it”.

The court issued an arrest warrant for Bamford, the daughter of former Rugby League international Peter Tunks, in August after she failed to appear in court.

According to court records, the Bamfords stole nearly $240 worth of alcohol from First Choice Liquor in Maroubra and Dan Murphy’s in Kingsford for over three weeks in June and July.

According to court documents, the former bikini model (pictured) stole nearly $240 worth of alcohol from First Choice Liquor in Maroubra and Dan Murphy's in Kingsford for over three weeks in June and July

According to court documents, the former bikini model (pictured) stole nearly $240 worth of alcohol from First Choice Liquor in Maroubra and Dan Murphy’s in Kingsford for over three weeks in June and July

Bamford (pictured) went into the liquor stores and put the liquor - including bottles of Glenfiddich Scotch and Passionfruit Absolute Vodka - in her bag before exiting again, a court heard

Bamford (pictured) went into the liquor stores and put the liquor – including bottles of Glenfiddich Scotch and Passionfruit Absolute Vodka – in her bag before exiting again, a court heard

The Malabar resident went to the liquor stores and put the alcohol – including bottles of Glenfiddich Scotch and Passionfruit Absolute Vodka – in her bag before heading out again.

The court documents show that Bamford managed to steal 22 containers of alcohol, including pre-mixed watermelon vodka drinks and cans of Jack Daniels and Coke.

According to police, Bamford committed all three brazen thefts in broad daylight.

It is the 10th charge against the Sydney woman in the past 10 years, after the court previously told Bamford had been charged with nine previous charges since 2011, including assaulting a police officer, aggravated burglary and trespassing and ice driving and cocaine in her system.

Bamford is serving a 12-month community corrections order after being convicted of fraud at the Hilton Hotel on George Street in Sydney last year.

She was found guilty of defrauding a luxury hotel when she used another woman's credit card to pay for accommodation she couldn't afford

She was found guilty of defrauding a luxury hotel when she used another woman’s credit card to pay for accommodation she couldn’t afford

She was found guilty of defrauding the luxury hotel when she used another woman’s credit card to pay for accommodation she couldn’t afford.

At the time of her sentencing, the court was told that Bamford suffered from significant drug addiction and significant mental health problems.

The court was previously told the new charges breached the bail conditions imposed on Bamford as part of her community-correction order.

On the previous occasion, a warrant was issued for Bamford’s arrest and she was found guilty in her absence.

The three theft charges come a decade after she made international headlines for falsely accusing a tuktuk driver of raping her in Thailand.

The then 21-year-old told Thai police that she was returning home from a night out with her boyfriend when the driver took her to a remote area and raped her while she was being held.

She later admitted that she lied to the police because she didn’t want her boyfriend to be angry because she was late coming home.

She was found guilty of false testimony and sentenced to 15 days in a Thai detention center.

At the time of her sentencing, the court was told that Bamford (pictured) had significant drug addictions and significant mental health issues

At the time of her sentencing, the court was told that Bamford (pictured) had significant drug addictions and significant mental health issues

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Emma Colton

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