Furore over Facebook claim

A TERRIFYING and violent home invasion was sparked because the victim claimed on Facebook her attacker spread a sexually transmitted disease.

Eden Maree Wheatley, her boyfriend Anthony Paul Hicks and an unknown male were drinking when they decided to confront the social networking former friend.

The 20-year-old mother allegedly called Wheatley a “diseased s--t” and spread rumours that she infected someone with an STD.

Wheatley, 19, and Hicks, 20, arrived at the woman’s Goodna home in the early hours of August 10 last year and knocked on the door. The woman, a mother-of-two, called triple-0 but they smashed down her front door.

Ipswich District Court heard Wheatley grabbed the woman and punched, kicked and dragged her around the house for 15 minutes while the men watched.

They left when they thought they heard police coming, with Hicks saying the victim’s children were crying and she should go “see them”. The victim suffered a fractured brow, bruising to the eye and legs and scratches.

Crown Prosecutor Nicola Howard said people needed to feel safe in their own homes.

“The complainant was confronted by three people in her home and the assault only ended because they thought they heard police coming,” Ms Howard said.

“A period of imprisonment with actual time served is warranted.”

Wheatley and Hicks pleaded guilty to burglary by breaking at night in company, wilful damage and assault occasioning bodily harm in company and were sentenced to 18 months’ jail and will be released on parole on April 28.

Defence barrister Peter Sloane said Wheatley became upset because she heard about the rumours on her former friend’s Facebook page but could not access the private post.



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