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Olympic gold medalist who became addicted to ice cream and became a serial thief is in prison

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Olympic gold girl Chantelle Newbery’s sad downward spiral has ended with jail time after she was caught with an ice pipe and repeatedly stole groceries from Woolworths.

The mother of two, 44, who won gold in the 10m platform diving at the 2004 Athens Olympics, was arrested this week in Brisbane after her latest string of thefts.

Newbery told Cleveland Magistrates Court on Wednesday that she did well before she was “packed” by stealing $113 worth of groceries from Capalaba Woolworths and $150 in sheets from Target.

She was also caught with an ice pipe hidden in a sunglasses case.

After she stopped diving in 2008, Chantelle Newbery’s fall was dramatic

Newbury pleaded guilty to two charges of theft and a single charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Magistrate Deborah Vasta told the sole winner of the Order of Australia she should be responsible for her transgression, according to The Courier Mail.

The court heard that Newbery was sentenced to an intensive four-month correction for stealing groceries on Nov. 1, but reoffended just over a week later.

Prosecutors told the court that Newbery was a serial thief — and that her crimes were often premeditated.

The court heard that Newbery had previously stolen items in other locations, including Carina Heights, Woolloongabba, Ormiston, Robina Town Centre, Carindale and Helensvale.

For a series of previous offenses, Newbery was handed community service and more recently an intensive correction order, with prosecutors this time demanding a prison sentence, despite the former Olympian insisting she was “doing the right thing.”

“She told almost the same story last week,” said a prosecutor.

“She’s not obeying court orders…and she’s not been legally acquitted on mental health grounds.”

Newbery’s attorney, Tanya Lacy, said her client was “trying very hard” to overcome her ice cream addiction and was “glad” to be arrested by security personnel this week.

“They jumped on me so damn fast… I stuffed everything,” she said.

Magistrate Vasta said a prison sentence was appropriate after Newbery was only convicted of previous theft last week.

She was sentenced to six months in prison with a December 10 parole.

Newbery won gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics in the 10-meter platform diving event

Newbery won gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics in the 10-meter platform diving event

In June last year, Newbery appeared before the Cleveland Magistrates Court in Queensland on charges of theft and drugs.

The charges came just months after the former golden girl turned to the Salvation Army for help as she mourned the tragic death of her partner and a close friend.

The charges include theft, possession of goods suspected of being used in a drug offense and possession of drug-use items.

According to court documents, Newbery stole groceries from a local IGA grocery store on April 26, Redlands Community News reported.

The mother of two was then found in her home in Redland Bay on May 20 in possession of drug paraphernalia and utensils, including a pipe.

Tragically, Newbery’s partner Tim Walsh passed away in 2019 after the couple dated for 18 months.

“No words.. Only loss.. Grief.. Devastation and many tears… I love you Tim,” she wrote on Facebook.

Newbery was with Tim Walsh (pictured together) for 18 months before his death in 2019

Newbery was with Tim Walsh (pictured together) for 18 months before his death in 2019

“He was one of my besties for five years until we finally transitioned from friends to lovers. We didn’t have a good start.

“In fact, we both fought hard (and each other) and held out more than most would to stay in a relationship that seemed doomed to fail… the sparks flew, that’s for sure! Finally we found our wings and left.

“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 wastewater tank in Brisbane last May.

“No, please don’t be dead,” Newbery posted at the time along with a photo of the couple.

“I don’t believe you’re dead Jason. Damn call me now. Tell everyone they’re wrong! Love you buddy. Please.’

Newbery fell into a deep depression as a result.

“Making your own way after the cyclone of 2019,” Newbery’s Instagram profile read at the time.

Her social media accounts are full of photos of her late partner, her sons Jet and Ryder, along with her new partner Luke, who she said helped her through tough times.

“Thank you Luke… for helping me through this difficult time… for being patient as I put my brave pants back on and started living in the real world again. You’re pretty special,” Newbery wrote.

Newbery, a mother of two, has endured many hardships in her battle with drug addiction in recent years

Newbery, a mother of two, has endured many hardships in her battle with drug addiction in recent years

Newbery also mourned the death of close friend Jason Guise (pictured together)

Newbery also mourned the death of close friend Jason Guise (pictured together)

Newbery became the first Australian diver to win an Olympic medal in 80 years when she won gold on the 10 meter 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 honored in the Australian Institute of Sports Awards, ‘Best of the Best’.

Newbery’s struggles began months after her third Beijing Olympics in 2008, where she failed to recapture her previous success.

She told Woman’s Day magazine in 2009 that she had been admitted to a psychiatric hospital for chronic depression.

She has also twice tried to take her own life.

In A Current Affair in 2014, Newbery spoke about her struggle to be a good mother to her children after her marriage to fellow diving champion Robert Newbery broke up.

Chantelle Newbery dives for gold in 2004 to become the first Australian diver in 80 years to win an Olympic medal

Chantelle Newbery dives for gold in 2004 to become the first Australian diver in 80 years to win an Olympic medal

Chantelle Newbery’s Diving Career

Diver Chantelle Newbery entered the international scene as a 20-year-old at the 1998 world titles in Perth, where she won bronze in the 3m springboard.

Chantelle Newbery on the podium after winning gold at the 2004 Olympics

Chantelle Newbery on the podium after winning gold at the 2004 Olympics

Later that year, she competed at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, where she won gold in the 1m springboard and silver in the 3m springboard.

Newbery competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, where she just missed out on a medal in the 3m synchronized springboard event.

She missed the 2002 Commonwealth Games with the birth of her first son.

In 2004 she became the first Australian diver to win an Olympic medal in 80 years when she won gold on the 10 meter platform at the Athens Olympics.

In 2005 she received an OAM and became the 22nd athlete to be honored in the Australian Institute of Sports Awards, ‘Best of the Best’.

Success continued with gold and two silver medals at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, before giving birth to her 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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