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Bipolar Disorder Saves Woman From NZ Pokey

Dec 2 2011 | Comments 41

andrea phipps
You know what I like about New Zealand (aside from the fact that the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed there)? I like that their courts prosecute “dishonesty.” In the States, we have all kinds of legal jargon. New Zealand doesn’t go in for that.

Take the case of Andrea Phipps, who just got home arrest instead of jail time because she blamed her actions on her bipolar disorder. Here’s what the Press of New Zealand had to say about her case:

Phipps, who has 72 previous convictions for dishonesty and has served a series of jail terms, including a term for attempted murder, had committed a further 20 offences over a four-year period.

She had previously pleaded guilty to ripping off two finance companies, filling out false loan applications in the name of her mother-in-law to get money for a boat and a car, which were later sold. She repeatedly bought time by issuing bad cheques including one to a solicitor.

She then faxed the solicitor’s receipt for that cheque to a finance company as proof that payment was on its way, which caused further losses when the car involved was released for sale before the cheque was dishonoured.

Phipps befriended a neighbour and found out her PIN when they went shopping. Then she took the woman’s bankcard and withdrew thousands of dollars.

She took cheques from her employers and used them pay a phone bill and a motel bill.

She paid a friend for a cheque for $28.18 and then altered it to $2801.18 and used it for a payment on a tenancy.

She used false documents to apply for jobs – two of them involving airport security clearance, which resulted in more charges today.

Her lawyer suggested that her feelings of grandeur from her “genuine illness” caused the latest bout of “dishonesty” and that she’s actually quite honest when she’s taking medication.

According to the Canterbury Star, the judge told her:

“This was a gross breach of trust in relation to friends, employers and authorities. The level of premeditation and deception was very high.

“You claim to have little memory of your offending, which I find hard to believe. You say that when you’re stressed, you turn to crime. I know a number of people who suffer from the same illness and they certainly don’t turn to crime as you do.

“You have 72 previous convictions for dishonesty. It is thought your mental state was a factor in some of your offending, and I agree.

“But for your mental health issues, a full-time custodial sentence would have been appropriate.”

Cases like this present a difficult challenge for mental health advocates. On the one hand, it’s frustrating to hear about people like this and have their illness associated with bad deeds. There are plenty of us with bipolar disorder who are not fraudsters, and it just sullies the image of people with mental health when stories like this are published.

On the other hand, what if she is being (uncharacteristically) honest about her diagnosis and really was impelled to do these things as a result of her symptoms? In that case, we’d certainly want her to be treated with sensitivity and not just consigned to a criminal justice system if that’s not what’s best for her.


liz | 11:04 AM | bipolar disorder, criminal justice system, andrea phipps, new zealand crime

kelly Says:

i think maybe you should get her side of the story in court you only get to hear a wee bit
not the whole lot i think its UN far of you to say this person should go to jail i think you need to get a life and stop wrightn thing you don’t no anything about and i don’t know how any one could even say anything about this case with out all the fact

Feb 16 2:18 AM


Today I received this link. Firstly Kelly before you slam this write up you should know some home truths about this women. She poured petrol through her boyfriends house after stealing $168000 “Andrea Phipps tried to drug her lover, Darryl French, then burn him to death as he slept

Darryl French felt a familiar chill of horror as he read a newspaper article and learned that his former lover Andrea Phipps had been jailed for two years on 70 dishonesty charges”.

I dont care what illness she has she still know’s right from wrong.

Or try moving to Australia to stay with friends because you told them you have cancer ( You may ask how did she get out of and into Austraila i am asking myself the same thing. But it didn’t stop there try stealing $9000 from these friend and then doing a runner because her mother had died That was lies too.

This person should be locked up and NEVER BE ALOUD OUT IN THE PUBLIC.

Mar 11 9:24 PM

Linda Says:

She knew what she was doing where is the justice? Should be locked up!

Mar 11 9:53 PM

darryl Says:

not to forget the husband of said women who travelled to australia on the money this woman stole from australian friends(30 odd year friendship in fact)maybe he is the motivater in her crimes hard to believe that he didnt know something was going on and that she wasnt an honest person as i believe he was a prison warden when his now wife was doing time just a thought thats all

Mar 11 11:28 PM

Fleur Says:

There are millions of people in the world with bipolar who manage to live a happy hard working life without ripping people off. Then you get someone like this who says “poor me poor me”, well what about the people who she has stolen off. She know right from wrong, No excuses, She is clever enough to hold down a job. I wonder about all the fraudulent activity she has done that she has not been caught for!!! The is a criminal hiding behind the illness.

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You guys need to get a live and need to hear her side of the story do you really know what triggers Bi Polar,. hear the whole story before you judge

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