Olympic diving champion Chantelle Newbery has returned to a life of crime after previously being mugged with methamphetamine and jailed for theft.
But the disgraced Newbery, 45 – who won gold for Australia in Athens in 2004 – was released by the court despite being sentenced to eight months in prison.
It was the latest in a string of convictions for the former Gold Maiden of the Order of Australia, after she was again charged with shoplifting and her life turned from Olympic glory to petty crime.
Olympic diving champion Chantelle Newbery has returned to a life of crime after previously being mugged with methamphetamine and jailed for theft
Chantelle Newbery won gold in the 10m platform jump at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games
The mother-of-two was also caught driving without a license, breaking her probation, illegally using a vehicle and stealing after a previous conviction.
The gold medalist was sentenced to a lengthy eight-month prison term by Toowoomba Magistrates Court in Queensland last Wednesday.
But the self-confessed Ice addict was immediately released when she was promptly paroled despite her long tenure History of drug use and theft convictions.
A court official confirmed to Daily Mail Australia: “Chantelle Newbery has been sentenced to eight months in prison, with immediate parole.”
Chantelle Newbery became the first Australian jumper to win an Olympic medal in 80 years when she won gold in Athens in 2004
Newbery admitted to a number of drug charges in 2014, but evaded conviction when she instead entered a drug diversion program.
She’s since faced a string of theft allegations — and was caught in 2021 in possession of an ice pipe hidden in her sunglass case when she was pulled over for stealing $113 worth of groceries and $150 bed sheets from Target .
At the time, Newbery pleaded guilty in Cleveland Magistrates Court to two counts of theft and a single count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
The court was told Newbery had previously been sentenced to a four-month intensive corrective order for food theft – but was insulted again just over a week later.
Prosecutors told the court Newbery was a serial thief — and her crimes were often premeditated.
Former diving champion Chantelle Newbery (pictured with her new partner Luke) was tried again but was released despite serving an eight-month jail sentence
The court heard Newbery had previously stolen items from other locations including Carina Heights, Woolloongabba, Ormiston, Robina Town Centre, Carindale and Helensvale.
At the time, Newbery’s attorney, Tanya Lacy, said her client was “really trying” to recover from her ice addiction and was “glad” she was pulled over by security so she could get help.
A year earlier she had faced further charges of shoplifting at a local IGA supermarket and possession of drug paraphernalia and paraphernalia.
Last week Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard Newbery had been caught stealing groceries from Woolworths again in July, sparking her final appearance in court.
Newbery has previously admitted her life went into freefall following her Olympic glory in Athens.
In 2009, she admitted to having suicidal thoughts and went to a psychiatric hospital to be treated for major depression.
In the years since, she has descended into drug addiction and despair, exacerbated by the death of her partner Tim Walsh in 2019.
Chantelle Newbery dated Tim Walsh (pictured together) for 18 months before his death
“No words…just loss…sadness…devastation and lots of tears…love you Tim,” she wrote on Facebook.
“He was one of my best friends for five years until we finally went from friends to lovers. We didn’t have a good start.
“In fact, we both fought hard (and with each other) and persevered more than most to stay in a relationship that seemed doomed… sparks flew, that’s for sure! Finally we found our wings and took off.
“My unit feels empty and lonely without him.”
Newbery also mourned the death of his close friend Jason Guise, whose body was found in a Brisbane sewage tank just two months earlier.
Chantelle Newbery also mourned the death of her close friend Jason Guise (pictured together)
“No please don’t be dead,” Newbery posted at the time, along with a photo of the couple.
“I don’t think you’re dead Jason. f*** call me now Tell everyone they’re wrong! love you buddy Please be okay.’
Newbery turned to the Salvation Army for help after the tragedies.
“Pulling myself up after the 2019 cyclone,” reads Newbery’s Instagram profile.
The social media account is filled with photos of her late partner, sons Jet and Ryder, along with her new partner, who she says is helping her get through difficult times.
“Thank you Luke…for helping me get through this difficult time…for being patient while I put my brave pants back on and start living in the real world again. You are very special,” Newbery wrote on May 16.
In 2021, attorney Tanya Lacy told a court that Chantelle Newberry (pictured) was “really trying” to break free from her ice cream addiction
Newbery became the first Australian jumper to win an Olympic medal in 80 years when she won gold in the 10m platform at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
She also won two gold and three silver medals at the 1998 and 2006 Commonwealth Games.
She was later awarded an OAM and named Best of the Best at the Australian Institute of Sports Awards.
Newbery’s struggles began months after her third Olympics in Beijing 2008, where she failed to recapture her earlier success.
She told Woman’s Day magazine in 2009 that she had committed herself to a psychiatric hospital for chronic depression.
She also attempted suicide twice.
On A Current Affair in 2014, Newbery spoke about her struggles to be a good mother to her children after her marriage to diving champion Robert Newbery collapsed.
Chantelle Newbery’s diving career
Chantelle Newbery burst onto the international stage as a 20-year-old at the 1998 World Championships in Perth, where she won bronze in the 3m springboard.
Chantelle Newbery on the podium after winning the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics
Later that year she competed in the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, where she won gold in the 1 meter springboard and silver in the 3 meter springboard.
Newbery competed at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, where she narrowly missed out on a medal in the synchronized 3m springboard event.
She missed the 2002 Commonwealth Games with the birth of her first son.
In 2004, she became the first Australian jumper in 80 years to win an Olympic medal when she won gold in the 10m platform at the Athens Olympics.
In 2005 she was awarded an OAM and became the 22nd athlete to be named Best of the Best at the Australian Institute of Sports Awards.
Success continued with a gold and two silvers at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne before giving birth to their second son later that year.
Newbery retired from diving after her third Olympics in Beijing 2008, where she did not win a medal.
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