Van Krevel walks free after day in custody

Van Krevel departs Wollongong courthouse following an earlier appearance.
Van Krevel departs Wollongong courthouse following an earlier appearance.

Infamous Lake Illawarra woman Belinda Van Krevel has spent the day back behind bars after eight police officers were sent for her when she failed to front court.

Magistrate Michael Stoddart was unconvinced by a “very poor” copy of a medical certificate meant to explain Van Krevel’s absence from court on Tuesday, and issued warrants for her arrest.   

She was arrested Wednesday morning, only to be granted bail after appearing at court later in the day. 

The warrants had been issued in relation to two breach of bond matters (possess prohibited drug and goods suspected stolen), and the alleged theft of an elderly woman’s handbag from a Windang cafe, in March. 

According to court documents, the bag contained $160 cash.

CCTV allegedly captured Van Krevel in the leadup, wearing a distinctive singlet – later seized by police – emblazoned with the words ‘wild child’.

She allegedly ran to a waiting car and later emptied the bag of its valuables before dumping it in a drain.

According to a resident, eight police came knocking on Van Krevel’s Reddall Parade door about 7.30am Wednesday, but the 37-year-old wasn’t home. 

“We didn’t see here – she often jumps the back fence and runs when they knock on the door,” the resident said. “She must have been arrested elsewhere.” 

Police say officers attached to Lake Illawarra Local Area Command arrested a 37-year-old woman at an address in Lake Illawarra on Wednesday morning without incident. 

Van Krevel, once dubbed “van Evil”, was jailed for six years from 2001 for soliciting her then-lover Keith Schreiber to kill her father Jack Van Krevel with a tomahawk, after claiming the latter had sexually abused her.

She was jailed for another two years in 2014 for stabbing another partner, Marshall Gould, five times in the neck, leg and arm in their Rockdale unit in June 2013.

Last year, Van Krevel made headlines again when she accused her most-recent ex-boyfriend, Glenn McKechnie, of domestic violence offences. He was ultimately convicted of assaulting and stalking her and sent to jail.

The matter returns to court June 20.