Jail time for getaway driver mum

AN IPSWICH mother-of-three who was the getaway driver during an attempted armed robbery at Dinmore will spend four months behind bars.

Ipswich District Court heard Lisa Maria Fraser, 44, was at home with a brother and sister criminal duo when the pair suggested they find a place to rob.

Fraser and the sister, Tracey Massey, drove around for a while on the night of February 28, 2010, and stole number plates from a car to disguise their own vehicle's identity.

Fraser even put their expedition on hold so she could go home to "feed the kids" before venturing out on the scout again.

After finding their target, the brother and sister walked into the Dinmore 7/11 service station on Brisbane Rd at 10.35pm armed with a knife with an 18cm blade, and demanded cash from the two attendants.

The brother said, "Give me the cash or I will kill you" and the sister said, "Follow that, follow that".

The quick-thinking victims activated a police alarm and fled to a secure back room. The brother and sister left empty handed and Fraser drove them away from the scene.

When police raided Fraser's home a few days later, Massey pointed out clothing worn on the night of the robbery and made full admissions.

Officers questioned Fraser about the robbery and she said while she had been with the pair, she had had no idea what was going on.

Judge Greg Koppenol rejected this and said the statement Fraser gave police was nothing more than a "protracted series of lies".

Judge Koppenol said it was important a message was sent to the community that armed robbers would go to jail.

"Offences of this nature regrettably are prevalent," he said.

Fraser, who has 20 previous convictions for dishonesty and seven for drugs, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted armed robbery in company and two counts of stealing.

She was sentenced to 18 months prison and will be released on parole on September 25.



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