Couple jailed for robbery of neighbour
THE couple who tricked a neighbour into getting into their car before driving her into the Redbank Plains scrub and assaulting and robbing her have been imprisoned.
Andrew Keith Eyles, 33, and Eliza Dee Pearson, 34, were founding guilty at a trial of unlawful assault, robbery while armed and deprivation of liberty.
The court heard they took a neighbour, who Eyles owed money, out to the Redbank Plains bushland on the pretence of going to an ATM to get cash to pay her back.
The court heard after the car passed the ATM she tried to escape the car but couldn't as child locks had been turned on.
In the scrub Eyles threatened the woman with a large knife and threw her to the ground while Pearson took the woman's purse and handbag that contained a tin containing $3500 before driving off, abandoning the woman in the bush.
She found her was to a nearby house where the residents called the police.
Eyles was also sentenced for unlawful use of a motor vehicle, receiving tainted property, fraud, possessing dangerous drugs, possessing pipes or utensils and stealing.
The court heard Eyles and Pearson had long histories of low-level drug and dishonesty offences.
Judge Deborah Richards described the incident as a "brutal attack" and said tricking the woman into getting into the car exacerbated the offence.
The court heard Eyles was the main instigator of the attack and Pearson played the role of "enthusiastic participant" and getaway driver.
Eyles was sentenced to five years imprisonment, and will be eligible for parole on January 30, 2016.
Pearson was sentenced to three years imprisonment with a parole release date of January 30, 2015.