Parole for young mum
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.