Taxi driver's attacker gets parole

AN IPSWICH mother who repeatedly slammed a car door on a taxi driver has faced court.

Ipswich District Court heard Diane Elsie Rodgers, 38, caught a taxi to Bundamba on September 24 with a juvenile she met that night.

The pair had a brief discussion outside the cab when the juvenile jumped in and started assaulting the taxi driver.

Crown prosecutor Clayton Wallis said the juvenile, who cannot be named, tried to hit the driver with a stubbie and punched him in the neck and shoulder area three to four times.

As the driver tried to fend off the juvenile and escape the cab, Rodgers walked around to the driver's side and repeatedly slammed the door on his back.

She then kicked and punched him a few times in the back.

The juvenile then robbed the taxi driver.

The offenders then ran away.

Mr Wallis said the juvenile was the main offender but Rodgers had become involved in the assault unnecessarily.

Rodgers pleaded guilty to common assault.

She was sentenced to 12 months jail but released on immediate parole; 151 days already spent in custody were taken into account.

The court heard Rodgers had previous offences of assault on her criminal history.

Mr Wallis said the juvenile offender had previously been dealt with for robbery and received 18 months in detention.

Defence barrister Timothy Ryan said his client, a mother-of-three, developed an addiction to amphetamines but managed to get herself clean.

But in 2003 she suffered an Achilles tendon rupture and started abusing alcohol.

“Since her release from custody she had taken a series of steps to address that problem,” Mr Ryan said.

Mr Ryan said Rodgers had the money to pay for the taxi that night but “once things developed it just didn't happen”.



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