Instagram model locked up for masked robberies after life ‘went down toilet’

An Instagram model who got wrapped up in the criminal underworld when her "life went down the toilet" is back behind bars.

Monique Agostino, 25, has thousands of followers and used to get hundreds of likes for her bikini snaps on social media but the brunette was secretly being drawn into robberies and drug dealing.

She was served a two-year stint after being convicted of burglary, drug offences, shoplifting and possession of a knife.

A magistrate warned her last year that her life was "going down the toilet".

But the social media influencer failed to appear in court over allegations she breached her bail conditions and is now doing more time.

Her life took a turn for the worse when she became a getaway driver for two teen boys who robbed an Italian restaurant in Sydney, Australia.

She also targeted convenience stores and cafes and broke into the Pound of Pizza restaurant at Killarney Heights on November 6, 2018.

The same day she preyed on another cafe and swiped credit cards before using them to buy McDonald’s.

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Agostino carried out a further crime spree in November 2018 and took part in a burglary at the Forestville Bakery where $1000 (£563) cash was stolen.

The ex-model was originally sentenced to two years in prison, with a minimum term of 18 months.

She was also convicted for possessing a knife in the shop Target, possessing crystal meth and stealing a jacket.

Agostino appealed the sentence and was released on bail earlier this year.

Before her appeal was heard she was stopped by detectives because she had breached her bail conditions.

Then after she did not turn up to her court date, the appeal was dismissed.

A warrant was issued and she was arrested on September 5.

Her lawyer applied to reinstate her appeal arguing that her crimes had been "amateur hour".

Judge Dina Yehia at NSW District Court reduced Agostino’s sentence to a maximum 12 months with a six-month non-parole period.

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