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Sentence wait Serial con artist and 'Gpo girl' Samantha Azzopardi has sentencing for child stealing delayed

Her lawyer told the court they had been unable to get in contact with an aunt Azzopardi wants to live with on her release.

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Samantha Azzopardi

Samantha Azzopardi

Samantha Azzopardi

A serial con artist who once came to Ireland has seen her sentencing in an Australian court delayed - after an aunt she said she wanted to live with could not be found.

Samantha Azzopardi was called ‘The GPO girl’ when she was found in a distressed state on Dublin’s O’Connell Street back in 2013. She appeared unable to speak English and gardaí were led to believe she had been trafficked to Ireland. She was only identified when gardaí released her photograph.

Azzopardi was due to be sentenced in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty earlier this week to three counts of child stealing, obtaining property by deception and theft.

But her lawyer Jessica Willard told the court they had been unable to get in contact with an aunt Azzopardi wants to live with on her release. “She’s very reluctant to give the name of the person she wants to live with,” Willard told the court.

The 32-year-old was charged after she was found dressed as a schoolgirl with a 10-month-old and a four-year-old girl in November 2019.

She had told the children’s French parents that she was a professional au pair and that she was taking them for a picnic.

It was the latest in a long-running series of scams in which Azzopardi has pretended to be a talent agent and use an alias to work as a nanny for a top basketball player.

Player Tom Jervis and his wife Jazze had hired her in 2018 and believed she was a teenager who had come from a well-off American family.

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