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Perth’s serial ‘dine and dasher’ Lois Loder weeps as she stares down jail term

Loder became known as Perth’s dine and dasher after Elmar’s in the Valley posted a photo of her and her co-accused leaving their restaurant without paying the bill in 2018.

The post went viral and led to other Perth restaurants and business owners recognising Loder, and claiming she had done the same to them, some posting their own CCTV footage online.

The court heard Loder once spent five hours in a hairdressing salon getting extensions and a colour treatment, but when her stolen credit card failed to pay the $1,180 bill, she said she would return to settle the account but never did.

She has also skipped out on paying for hotel room costs, fuel and alcohol.

During Loder’s sentencing, Magistrate Woods described her offending as brazen and said she was at times caught on CCTV “flouting” her offending.

“You continued to offend with complete disregard,” she said.

Lois Loder will swap fine dining for prison food.

Lois Loder will swap fine dining for prison food.

“The individual amounts don’t amount to much … It is the planning and the ongoing nature of it and the number of offences that mean a term of imprisonment should be imposed.

“This is brazen offending… it was deceitful.”

Magistrate Woods said the community had expressed outrage at Loder’s behaviour and the impact it had on small business owners.

“There is a large volume of offences here… and no prospect of any return of money,” she said.

Loder’s lawyer David Manera said she was remorseful, and that her offending was related to her ongoing drug and alcohol problems.

“She’s had some health problems in Bandyup and she’s hoping to be transferred to Boronia Prison as soon as she can where she says she’ll be able to do some of the rehabilitation that she believes she needs to get back into society,” he said.

“The offending was committed principally in order to address her long standing alcohol and drug problems, she’s also had issues with domestic violence throughout her life… none of this she has sought to excuse her behaviour.

“She appreciates and has told me she’s very much aware of the dozens and dozens of people lives she’s affected.”

The court heard Loder had no assets, and any she used to own, had been lost due to her long-standing drug and alcohol issues.

In a letter to Magistrate Woods, Loder said she recognised she needed to “grow up” and take responsibility for her behaviour.

In 2013 she was jailed for other unrelated dishonesty offences.

Eligible for parole, Loder, who has been in custody since breaching bail in August 2018, could be eligible for release in August 2019.

Mr Manera said he was not aware of any payment plan in place to repay the businesses she stole from.

Heather McNeill covers breaking news with a focus on crime, courts and Aboriginal affairs for WAtoday.

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