Pa­role for young mum

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

SA­MAN­THA Kay Hob­day was re­leased on pa­role af­ter re­ceiv­ing prison sen­tences to­talling 12 months at Mon­day’s sit­ting of the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court.

The 19-year-old Proser­pine res­i­dent pleaded guilty to charges of as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm, en­ter­ing a dwelling in com­pany with in­tent at night, steal­ing, breach­ing a bail un­der­tak­ing, con­tra­ven­ing a po­lice di­rec­tion and fur­ther charges of en­ter­ing a dwelling and steal­ing.

The court heard the as­sault took place in Bowen. The vic­tim was a 22-year-old man who tried to in­ter­vene in a dis­tur­bance where Hob­day was present. She al­legedly struck him once on the fore­head with a blunt in­stru­ment, later found to be a green torch. He was trans­ported to hos­pi­tal as a re­sult of the in­juries.

In an­other of the in­ci­dents, a Bowen man told po­lice he had wo­ken up to find Hob­day in his bed­room. She al­legedly chal­lenged him then ran from the house. He sub­se­quently dis­cov­ered his wallet was miss­ing. Hob­day ad­mit­ted ap­proach­ing his dwelling and gain­ing en­try through an un­locked rear door. She led po­lice to a nearby storm wa­ter drain where the wallet was hid­den. It was re­turned to the owner.

Hob­day was due to ap­pear in the Bowen Mag­is­trate’s Court on May 21 but she failed to show up. At 1pm on May 28, she sur­ren­dered her­self to Proser­pine po­lice.

De­fence lawyer Sher­rie Meade said Hob­day was not proud of her ac­tions and that on each oc­ca­sion there was an el­e­ment of al­co­hol in­volved. She said the young mother had been lack­ing in sta­bil­ity and af­ter a cou­ple of drinks was very eas­ily led.

Hob­day was al­ready serv­ing sus­pended sen­tences, which mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist ac­ti­vated. How­ever, he set an im­me­di­ate pa­role re­lease date on all counts.

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