Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ipswich Woman Has Convictions for Forgery Overturned

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ipswich Woman Has Convictions for Forgery Overturned

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Byline: Adam Davies adam.davies@apn.com.au

AN IPSWICH woman who was found guilty of repeatedly forging and altering documents and sentenced to four years in jail has had her conviction overturned in the state's highest court.

Janelle Marie Hartfiel, 34, was found guilty in the Ipswich District Court last year of two counts of forgery and three counts of uttering forged documents.

The court heard Hartfiel convinced her brother to take out a mortgage on his house to help pay debt on the One Mile house where she and their parents lived.

During the four-day trial a jury heard Hartfiel altered documents saying she had repaid the mortgage when she in fact had not.

She convinced her brother to use his house as collateral on the loan and gave him a forged title deed stating the debt had been paid.

Hartfiel did not give evidence at her trial.

Defence barrister Angus Edwards argued in the Queensland Court of Appeal that the trial judge erred when directing jurors before they started their deliberations to determine her fate. …

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