Mark Gibbons, former partner of Morrison co-founder Kylie Radford, pleads guilty to fraud and theft

The one-time partner of WA style icon Kylie Radford will have to prepare to don the unflattering green worn by the State’s prisoners — after pleading guilty to fraud and theft totalling more than $1 million.

Mark Gibbons, who was once a regular fixture on the arm of the Morrison co-founder at social events around Perth, yesterday entered four pleas — all guilty — to charges of fraud and theft, all stemming from January 2018.

Over two weeks, it was alleged he caused a detriment by fraud to a couple totalling $145,000 and then $750,000. On different dates, he is then said to have stolen $125,000 and $750,000 from the same couple.

Mark Gibbons and Kylie Radford.
Camera IconMark Gibbons and Kylie Radford. Credit: Shot by Thom/Shot by Thom

The full details of the crimes were not revealed in court — but it is known that Gibbons was formerly a financial consultant for West Coast Wealth Management, and another company, Regal Consultancy.

Gibbons, a father-of-three, had been due to go on trial before a jury on Tuesday. But after negotiations between prosecutors and defence, he pleaded guilty to four charges at Perth’s District Court while five other charges were dropped.

The crimes are not believed to have any connections to Ms Radford, or her fashion empire, which she launched with one shop in Fremantle in 2002, and which went on to become a national brand sold in more than 100 retailers nationally, including David Jones.

Judge Michael Gething told Gibbons that given the massive monetary value of the crimes, prison was inevitable. How long that prison term is will be determined at a sentencing hearing next month.

A previous online presence for him boasted of his working with “some of the world’s largest and well-recognised companies” including BP, Sainsburys, CAT, Marie Curie Cancer and British American Tobacco.

And his relationship with Ms Radford is evident through an old plea via GoFundMe to help her son secure cash for his dream of competing internationally in the martial art of taekwondo.

Gibbons’ lawyer Rishi Kashyap urged Judge Gething to grant him bail prior to his sentencing, despite his warning that prison time was coming.

Bail was granted on strict conditions — that he report to police daily, that he not leave WA, that he hand over his passport, that he not contact his victims, and he sign a personal undertaking of $30,000.


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