AUS­TRALIA

Woman who ad­mit­ted to hav­ing sex with her pit­bull ter­rier walks free from prison

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

The young woman who had sex with a dog three times to ‘arouse’ her part­ner has been let off on pro­ba­tion af­ter the court heard she told a psy­chol­o­gist: ‘This has ru­ined my life’. Jenna Louise Driscoll, a 27-yearold Bris­bane waitress, choked back tears as a District Court judge handed down a pro­ba­tion order for charges in­clud­ing bes­tial­ity. The frizzy-haired waitress breathed a huge sigh of re­lief upon learn­ing she would walk free. ‘Your con­duct in the bes­tial­ity of­fences was re­pug­nant,’ Judge Terry Martin said. She had sex with the pit­bull ter­rier on three oc­ca­sions - in Jan­uary, March and April of 2014. Videos of the ap­palling acts were found on her phone by police while she was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated for drug traf­fick­ing. In his sen­tenc­ing, the judge said it seemed the bes­tial­ity oc­curred ‘in the con­text of your part­ner want­ing to be aroused by watch­ing such ap­palling con­duct’. ‘You were clearly a will­ing par­tic­i­pant in acts of sex­ual in­ter­course with the dog,’ he said. Driscoll was, how­ever, con­victed of stab­bing a woman with a fork and bit­ing a child, caus­ing mi­nor in­juries. She was also handed a two-anda-half-year sus­pended jail sen­tence for drug traf­fick­ing, which she ‘used to pay the rent and other liv­ing ex­penses’. Her lawyers had ar­gued she had suf­fered from the pub­lic­ity of her crimes - pro­vid­ing the court with news articles and a list of Google links. The de­fence also re­ferred to the case of Harriet Wran - the daugh­ter of a for­mer New South Wales premier - where a judge con­sid­ered the ef­fect of huge me­dia at­ten­tion. But Judge Martin had lit­tle sym­pa­thy, telling the fid­gety red­head: ‘The ad­verse pub­lic­ity is a re­sult of your con­duct’. The judge said Driscoll had a dys­func­tional child­hood and was sub­jected to phys­i­cal and emo­tional abuse grow­ing up. The court heard she was study­ing the Year 12 to im­prove her lot in life. Judge Martin told the court she ‘may or may not’ be re­morse­ful over her ac­tions but a jail sen­tence could see her ex­posed to ‘cor­rupt­ing in­flu­ence’. ‘This has ru­ined my life. I very much re­gret what I’ve done,’ Driscoll said in a psy­chol­o­gist’s re­port read out in court. She was also de­scribed as ex­tremely em­bar­rassed, anx­ious and de­pressed in the re­port. Driscoll had pleaded guilty to all charges. Un­der the order, she will have to un­dergo reg­u­lar drug tests and must ab­stain from us­ing il­licit sub­stances. Driscoll had spent the week­end be­hind bars while Judge Martin con­sid­ered his sen­tence, but not be­fore brand­ing her acts ‘re­pul­sive’ and ‘against the order of na­ture’. Driscoll ap­peared in court yes­ter­day af­ter­noon wear­ing dark glasses, a grey top and skirt.

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