Hunt for prolific thief who disappeared from court
ONE of Bristol's most notorious thieves fled from a court as she awaited sentence for her latest crime spree.
Rosa Kovacs has 115 previous convictions for theft and dishonesty and had been due to find out her fate at Bristol Crown Court on Friday.
The 48-year-old initially turned up for her hearing in front of Judge Mark Horton two hours late, having previously admitted six thefts committed this summer.
The judge was keen to hear the case and imprisonment was a distinct possibility when Kovacs, of Proctor House, Prewett Street, Redcliff, shuffled into the dock in tears at about 12.45pm.
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As prosecutor Robert Reid was about to open the facts of the case, Kovacs' barrister Ramin Pakrooh rose to say his client had changed her mind about three of her charges and was considering entering not guilty pleas instead. She was also concerned that if jailed, she would not be able to make a December 27 hospital appointment for a liver scan.
The court heard Kovacs already suffers from hepatitis C and may have cirrhosis of the liver.
Judge Horton bailed her to the confines of the court building and gave her time to consult with Mr Pakrooh in private but less than 10 minutes later she had left the building and was nowhere to be seen.
Judge Horton immediately issued a warrant for her arrest.
Earlier this month at Bristol Magistrates' Court, Kovacs admitted six offences, all committed in a 16-day period in June.
On June 11, she stole a handbag, containing a mobile phone and a purse. Four days later she took another handbag before stealing £50 in cash from a woman two days after that.
On June 19, she stole another £50 from a woman before shoplifting £35 worth of perfume the following day and taking two pairs of sunglasses a week after that.
Last year Kovacs was jailed for three months after persistently breaching an injunction banning her from Fishponds. As her shoplifting and thieving did not stop, the city council then decided to take her to the county court to get the order banning her from Frome Valley Road, Lannaway Road, Fishponds Road, and also the Horsefair or the Galleries in Broadmead extended.
Anyone who sees Kovacs should call the police immediately on 101.