A bikini model who falsely accused a tuk tuk driver of raping her in Thailand was caught with ice and cocaine in her system after giving her mum a life to the airport.
Stevie Rochelle Franceska Bamford, 28, avoided a conviction for drug driving in Sydney on October 30 last year.
She was stopped by officers after picking her mother up from the airport, Waverley Local Court heard on Wednesday.
When the interior design student handed her licence over to police, they found it was suspended and decided to do a drug test.
According to The Daily Telegraph, officers conducted an oral fluid test for drugs, to which she tested positive for methylamphetamine.
Bamford told police she took the drug the day prior while she was at a party, but further testing also found cocaine in her system.
Stevie Rochelle Franceska Bamford, 28, was picking her mother up from Sydney airport on October 30 when she was pulled over by police
When the interior design student handed her licence over to police, they found it was suspended and decided to do a drug test
Bamford, whose father is the former NSW Origin Peter Tunks, was sentenced to an 18-month conditional release order by Magistrate Michael Crompton, who gave her no conviction for the drug-driving charge.
Mr Crompton revoked a good behaviour bond she was placed on last year for assaulting a police officer at a party in Darlinghurst.
Bamford was then re-sentenced to a six-month community corrections order for the assault, where she cannot commit any offences.
Bamford told the Telegraph she planned to turn her life around and was getting counselling for her drug and alcohol use.
‘I’m dealing with my problems and I’m much more mature now and I’m more aware of … the consequences from what partying does to your lifestyle,’ she said.
‘I’ve got rid of all the traumatic people out of my life.
‘I’ve got one good friend and you just need a best friend who’s got your back and that is all you need because Sydney is full of haters.
‘That was a really good outcome, I thought I was going to go to jail. I can go … now and get my licence.’
The latest court appearance came after Ms Bamford pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer at a party in Sydney in May 20, 2018.
The 28-year-old told the publication she planned to turn her life around and was getting counselling for her drug and alcohol use
‘I’m dealing with my problems and I’m much more mature now and I’m more aware of … the consequences from what partying does to your lifestyle,’ she said
Daily Mail Australia reported at the time that police were called to an address in Hill Street after reports of a brawl.
Bamford was hit with capsicum spray after she scratched the neck of a sergeant who had been trying to arrest her boyfriend at a party about 8.20pm.
She spent more than 12 hours in police custody before appearing in Central Local Court the following Monday.
‘Multiple police were restraining a male when the accused approached police and yelled repeatedly,’ the statement said.
‘Police requested multiple times to move away from the area, which she refused to comply with.’
Bamford then pushed past two constables towards her partner, who was being restrained on the ground by Sergeant William Collins.
The latest court appearance came after Ms Bamford pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer at a party in Sydney in May 20, 2018
‘The accused grabbed at Sergeant Collins’s face and scratched the left and right side of his neck in an attempt to pull Sergeant Collins off the male,’ the statement said.
Sergeant Collins then used oleoresin capsicum (OC) spray against Bamford.
Bamford, who was on top of Sergeant Collins, rolled off the officer, was handcuffed and taken to Surry Hills police station where she told officers ‘I just got involved in something that I shouldn’t have.’
While Bamford admitted assaulting the officer she said the scratching was accidental and denied being intoxicated as police had alleged.
The 28-year-old, whose father is rugby league great Peter Tunks, was sentenced on Wednesday to an 18-month conditional release order by Magistrate Michael Crompton
In 2012, she claimed she was raped by tuk tuk driver while holidaying in Thailand but later said she had made up the story and was charged
Magistrate Robert Williams noted Bamford had been before the courts in 2011 for common assault, after which she had resisted arrest, and low-range drink driving in 2015.
Mr Williams convicted Bamford, imposed an $800 fine and put her on an 18-month good behaviour bond.
That experience came six years after Bamford made international headlines when she was jailed in Thailand for falsely claiming she had been raped by a tuk tuk driver in Patong.
Bamford, then 21, was found guilty in Phuket Provincial Court in June 2012 for making the claims and sentenced to 15 days in jail.
Stevie Rochelle Franceska Bamford was jailed for 15 days in a Thai prison for making a false rape claim
The sometime lingerie and bikini model had told Thai police she was raped by a tuk tuk driver while coming home after a night out with her boyfriend.
She alleged the driver had taken her to a secluded area and raped her while two other males held her down.
After several days of interrogation Bamford admitted she had lied to police because she did not want her boyfriend to be angry at her for returning late to their resort.
Bamford, from Maroubra in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, was allowed to finish her holiday before spending 15 days in the Baan Bang Jo detention centre in Thalang.
A senior Thai police officer said of Bamford’s claims: ‘This sort of thing could damage Phuket’s tourism industry.’
Months after her 2012 arrest in Thailand Bamford claimed Australian consular officials had told her to confess to lying to police about being raped so she would be able to ‘walk away’ from the incident.
However, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said at the time Australian consular officials gave no legal advice to Bamford, or advised her to sign any statement.
Bamford was arrested after assaulting police in a brawl in Sydney on May 20 last year where she scratched a police sergeant’s face and was hit with capsicum spray