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Olympic gold medallist accused of stealing

Chantelle Newbery
The lawyer for Olympic gold medallist Chantelle Newbery wants media excluded from her court case.
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Former champion Olympic diver Chantelle Lee Newbery has been charged with stealing from a Brisbane supermarket earlier in July.

Newbery, who won gold at Athens in 2004, was not in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday when the charge was mentioned.

But magistrate Elizabeth Hall said a letter on file asked for an adjournment to Wynnum Magistrates Court, where other charges faced by Newbery are due to be mentioned on Monday.

Ms Hall said she was listing the matter in that court “for a plea of guilty”.

The 44-year-old of Redland Bay, south-east of Brisbane, is charged with stealing consumables that were the property of Woolworths Buranda on July 14, according to court documents.

At the police prosecutor’s request, Ms Hall issued a warrant of arrest, but it will be executed only if Newbery does not attend court on Monday.

She was already facing two charges each of stealing and breach of bail, and one charge of driving while her licence was suspended.

The three-time Olympian became Australia’s first diving gold medallist in 80 years with her Athens 10-metre platform win.

Newbery won gold and bronze at the 2004 Olympics, competed at four world championships and two Commonwealth Games, bagging two gold and three silver medals.