A Christ­mas night­mare

Dalby woman sen­tenced to 9 months af­ter ter­ri­fy­ing ab­duc­tion of 16-year-old boy

Dalby Herald - - NEWS - Me­gan Masters

“AP­PALLING” was how Mag­is­trate Robbie Davies de­scribed the ac­tions of a Dalby woman who took part in the ab­duc­tion of a 16-year-old boy just two days be­fore Christ­mas.

Deb­bie May Hay­den, 39, faced Dalby Mag­is­trates Court this week charged with com­mon as­sault, de­pri­va­tion of lib­erty, en­ter­ing a dwelling and com­mit­ting an in­dictable of­fence and wil­ful dam­age.

Hay­den was among a group of five peo­ple, in­clud­ing two ju­ve­niles, who broke into a Rose­wood prop­erty on De­cem­ber 23 on a mis­sion to re­trieve stolen mo­tor­cy­cles they be­lieved were taken by the res­i­dents.

Co-ac­cused David Stras­burg was for­merly in a re­la­tion­ship with the woman who lived there and be­lieved she had some­thing to do with his miss­ing bikes.

Stras­burg and Hay­den, along with three oth­ers, were un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol when they de­cided to take vengeance for the per­ceived theft.

The court heard that Hay­den drove to the Rose­wood Rd prop­erty in Rose­wood with a blood al­co­hol level of 0.079.

There, the group smashed the wind­screen of a Holden Com­modore be­fore break­ing the front door and con­fronting a 16-year-old boy and his 13-year-old sis­ter.

They took a television and iPhone from the home be­fore Hay­den grabbed the boy’s arm and es­corted him out to the Mit­subishi Tri­ton util­ity in which they ar­rived and drove off.

The ter­ri­fied 13-year-old called 000, lead­ing to po­lice track­ing down the Tri­ton.

Tak­ing into ac­count Hay­den’s early guilty plea, trou­bled child­hood and sub­se­quent do­mes­tic vi­o­lence-marred re­la­tion­ships as well as her clean crim­i­nal his­tory, Mr Davies sen­tenced Ms Hay­den to nine months of prison sus­pended for 18 months.

She was also placed on a pro­ba­tion or­der in­clud­ing seek­ing help for men­tal health is­sues re­lat­ing to her self-es­teem and trou­bled past in the hopes deal­ing with her is­sues would pre­vent re-of­fend­ing.

Stras­burg was also sen­tenced to nine months of prison, sus­pended for 18 months.

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