Un­likely trio ac­cused of vi­o­lent armed rob­bery

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - AN­NIE PERETS an­[email protected]­coastchron­i­

JUST a few days ago, 19-yearold re­tail worker Re­beca Merred­ith Burgess and 20-yearold mum Re­becca Lacey Ped­er­sen had never been in trou­ble with the law.

Now, they’re in a world of hurt, ac­cused of tak­ing part in a vi­o­lent armed rob­bery which yes­ter­day landed the al­leged ring­leader in jail.

Yes­ter­day, they wept while sit­ting side-by-side in­side the glass dock at Mary­bor­ough Mag­is­trates Court, hand­cuffed and un­der po­lice watch.

The young women had been ar­rested and charged fol­low­ing an al­leged base­ball bat home in­va­sion at Bryant St, Mary­bor­ough on Fri­day night.

Po­lice al­lege res­i­dents of the home were threat­ened with the bat and had their be­long­ings stolen.

A third co-ac­cused and the al­leged ring­leader of the “crim­i­nal en­ter­prise”, Ty­rone Ste­wart Snell, has also been ar­rested and charged with armed rob­bery.

Un­like his two co-ac­cused, the 21-year-old has seen the in­side of both the court­house and the watch house many times be­fore.

The re­peat of­fender’s crim­i­nal his­tory was de­scribed as “dread­ful” by Mag­is­trate Terry Duroux yes­ter­day.

His bail ap­pli­ca­tion was de­nied without the po­lice prose­cu­tor even hav­ing to make an ar­gu­ment.

As Mr Snell was be­ing led out of the court­house he yelled out “please write to me, love yas” to his friends who were in the pub­lic gallery.

Dur­ing their ap­pear­ances, held sep­a­rate from Mr Snell’s, the ac­cused women looked vis­i­bly un­com­fort­able in the un­fa­mil­iar en­vi­ron­ment.

They had spent their week­end




in cus­tody.

De­fence lawyer Travis Ge­orge ex­pressed dis­be­lief about how Ms Burgess and Ms Ped­er­sen had be­come tan­gled up in the al­leged crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity.

He em­pha­sised the two were not the main in­sti­ga­tors of the al­leged armed rob­bery, which the court heard “es­ca­lated out of their con­trol,”, putting their par­tic­i­pa­tion down to bad de­ci­sion mak­ing.

Ms Burgess and Ms Ped­er­sen were granted bail un­der strict con­di­tions in­clud­ing they re­port to a po­lice sta­tion twice a week and have no con­tact with each other, Mr Snell or the al­leged vic­tims. This in­cludes mes­sag­ing over Face­book.

All three co-of­fend­ers will be men­tioned in court again on March 4.

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