Woman's suicide bids cause chaos

A WOMAN has cost taxpayers more than $80,000 by repeatedly threatening to harm herself at train stations, a court was told.

The 18-year-old has allegedly threatened suicide on Queensland Rail property 34 times.

On these occasions, all trains must be stopped until the threats can be assessed and police attend.

Despite being banned from going to train stations and having a curfew between 7pm and 7am as part of her bail conditions, the woman allegedly returned to Ipswich station at the weekend.

Police prosecutors opposed her bail application in Ipswich Magistrates Court, arguing she was a risk to herself and other members of the community.

Prosecutor Sergeant Jo Colston told the court the woman had cost Queensland Rail “upwards of $80,000” due to train services being suspended when she made her threats, and her strict bail conditions had not stopped her alleged offending.

Sgt Colston said the woman was allegedly found walking along Brisbane Rd at Booval at 6.45am on Sunday, breaking her curfew.

She was taken to hospital but released a short time later.

Just after noon she was seen on Safe City cameras allegedly entering the Ipswich train station and then walking across the road and dialling triple-0. She has not yet entered a plea to two charges of breaching a bail condition and five offences of improper use of an emergency call service.

A mental health expert examined the woman and said that while she had a mild intellectual impairment, he did not believe the woman had a mental health illness that required treatment, and an involuntary treatment order could not be made.

She is also under the care of the Adult Guardian, and a representative said she had been doing well until associating with old friends who were a bad influence. The case was adjourned to Beenleigh Magistrates Court on August 19.

The woman was granted bail on the condition she lived with a family friend at Carina Heights, in Brisbane, on a night curfew and she remained banned from Queensland Rail property.

Defence lawyer Alexis Oxley said the woman was depressed and was prescribed medication but did not take it.

Ms Oxley said her client had no help from Disability Services Queensland because she did not want assistance.

Queensland Rail was contacted but did not want to comment as the “matter is before the courts”.

If you are feeling depressed or need someone to talk to, call Lifeline on 13 1114 or Kids Helpline for people aged between five and 25 on 1800 551 800.

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