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Mum-of-four tried to rob driver at servo

A WOMAN who punched another woman and tried to steal her wallet - after the victim had already given her money - has faced court.

Jacqueline Parsons, 30, and her friend approached a woman sitting in her car at a service station on November 19, 2010 and asked for money.

The woman handed over some cash but it wasn't enough for Parsons.

Ipswich District Court heard she opened the rear door of the car and started rifling through the victim's belongings. Parsons tried to grab the wallet, but the victim put up a struggle.

Parsons punched the woman below the left eye and fled. CCTV footage identified Parsons in the attack and she was charged.

She pleaded guilty to attempted robbery.

She also pleaded guilty to further stealing offences, including a wallet and money in Brisbane on September 4, 2010, alcohol from the Walloon Saloon on October 31, 2010 and personal belongings from a woman's handbag on July 25 last year.

Crown prosecutor Chris Cook said Parsons took advantage of the victim's generosity.

"The complainant had just given Parsons' friend money - her generosity was taken advantage of," Mr Cook said.

Defence barrister Debra Wardle told the court Parsons couldn't remember anything about the assault due to her extreme level of intoxication.

Ms Wardle said her client had a traumatic childhood but was now on the right track and had stayed out of trouble for some time.

Parsons, a mother of four, asked to address Judge Deborah Richards before the sentence was handed down.

"I'm sorry for my actions. I just want to rebuild my life," she said. "It won't happen again."

Judge Richards said the attempted robbery on the woman would have been "disturbing and confronting" but gave her credit for her path to rehabilitation.

"You are on the brink of making major inroads in your life," Judge Richards said. "You are making significant efforts to try to get your life on track."

Judge Richards said sending Parsons to prison wouldn't be in the best interests of her or the community. She was sentenced to 18 months in prison and released on immediate parole.

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