The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

TEEN IN LESBIAN ‘LURE’

- VANDA CARSON

A LESBIAN couple have admitted abducting a teenage girl from a school in Ipswich and taking her to live with them in Sydney’s west for almost two months, in a bitter tug-of-war.

In the weeks before her abduction, the girl exchanged messages with the women on Facebook and by phone, according to an emotional police interview with the 14-year-old on May 19, 2014.

The girl’s mother alleges the teen was “brainwashe­d” by the couple and lured with gifts on March 3, 2014. The mother claimed the lesbians, aged 31 and 27, wanted her daughter because they “can’t have a child of their own”.

The couple, who can’t be named for legal reasons, will be sentenced this year after a third woman, aged 24, who shared a house with the lesbians and the teen, stands trial in the District Court in December over the alleged abduction.

The police interview with the teenager and messages sent between her and the alleged abductors were filed in the District Court after a brief hearing on August 21.

The girl told police she wanted to leave home because her parents used to hit her and grew marijuana in their house.

“If I did, like, one thing wrong, I got smacked in the back of the head,” the teen told police. Since her return home, she has been banned from speaking to the women or from using the internet.

Senior Constable Jay Francey, from the Ipswich Child Protection Unit, asked the girl if anyone forced her to go with the women. “It’s all my choice,” the girl said. “I was really happy there.

“That month or two was better than living with mum all those years,” she said, sobbing.

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