Court hears robber left home as teen due to torture from mum

YEARS of torture from her mum, who sometimes held her children down and put scissors to their nipples, forced a young Rockhampton woman to run away when she was 18 years old.

Last week the Rockhampton District Court heard she blamed her fear of her mother for not returning to Rockhampton to face court on robbery charges.

In February 2011, a friend of the woman, who was attending CQ TAFE with her, asked to borrow $1000 to attend a family matter in Melbourne.

The defendant agreed and loaned the money.

The defendant's friend said she would pay her back once she received a Centrelink flood payout she had applied for.

But the friend later advised she wasn't eligible for the payout.

Crown Prosecutor Russell Hood said the defendant then organised to meet up with her victim at Glenlee, on the night of February 10.

The defendant and an accomplice beat the girl, giving her black eyes and bruises, and stole $95 from her wallet.

The defendant, now 21, whom The Morning Bulletin won't name to protect the identity of her younger sisters, pleaded guilty last week to one count of robbery in company using personal violence.

Defence solicitor Tom Polley said his client had a rough upbringing. Her mother raised her and seven other siblings and would often torture her children, including "inspecting" their genitals.

It was the abuse from the defendant's mother that forced her to run away from Rockhampton for three years.

It was only when the defendant heard her mother was in custody on child abuse charges that she decided to return to Rockhampton and hand herself in for the robbery charges against her, so she could start afresh.

Judge Paul Smith sentenced her to two years probation and ordered she complete 120 hours community service.


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