A quick outfit change wasn’t enough to throw waiting media off the trail of a 25-year-old man who fronted court on child abuse charges this morning.
A quick outfit change wasn’t enough to throw waiting media off the trail of a 25-year-old man who fronted court on child abuse charges this morning. Barry Leddicoat

Thief who jabbed woman with scissors avoids jail

A WOMAN who jabbed an acquaintance with a pair of scissors in a bizarre robbery at Battery Hill has avoided jail.

Lauren Elizabeth Jeffrey was sentenced to 15 months in prison, suspended for two years, after pleading guilty in the Maroochydore District Court yesterday to a charge of armed robbery with violence on July 13 last year.

A statement of facts tendered to the court said that through a woman, Jeffrey knew another woman who lived at the home.

The statement said that Jeffrey barged into the home after banging on the door late at night.

She initially demanded "smokes" but then took $200 and a card from the woman's wallet and pushed her way out a door.

Jeffrey then demanded more money and went back in, grabbing a laptop.

The statement said Jeffrey grabbed a pair of scissors from the kitchen bench and lunged twice at the woman during a struggle, jabbing her in the side.

The statement said the victim, fearful her family could be at risk, did not report the matter for three days. Jeffrey was charged after a police search of her home found the scissors and a stolen USB.

Jeffrey was also placed on three years probation yesterday for assaulting a visitor during the robbery.

Judge Gary Long ordered the young woman undergo drug testing as part of her sentence.



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