A Christmas nightmare
Dalby woman sentenced to 9 months after terrifying abduction of 16-year-old boy
“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.