Liberal Senator Mary Jo Fisher has fronted court charged with stealing $93 worth of groceries from a Foodland supermarket in Adelaide.
Last December’s incident prompted Foodland to recall its ambassador to Australia. A few hours after the alleged theft, the tiny, 14-aisle republic briefly sealed its border with Australia, only agreeing to reopen it at 8.00am the following morning.
Diplomats say relations remain frosty however, particularly in aisles 13 and 14, and along the back wall.
After being confronted by security, Senator Fisher allegedly ran to her car, and attempted to drive away, but was stopped by heroic Foodland security guard Cathryn Groot, who sustained a car door to the arm.
Speaking outside court today, the $93 worth of fruit paid tribute to Ms Groot’s courage.
Senator Fisher has since paid for the items, although sources close to the case say the fruit sat, uneaten in a bowl in the kitchen for a week, silently mocking her, until the 48-year-old former barrister flung them into the compost, yelling “Enough!”
Due to the sensitivities of the case, magistrate Kym Boxall imposed a strict non-publication order on any jokes about how Senator Fisher should have stolen some policies.