Ms ***** (whose name shall remain unpublished, in light of pending court case), of Canberra, was charged late last year with the alleged aggravated robbery of two young adults at Garema Place Commonwealth Bank ATM, Canberra City.
The couple were returning home from a night socialising with friends in the city, when they were confronted by Ms *****, who allegedly brandished a blood-filled syringe and threatened to “stab a dirty fit” into the necks of the victims if they did not hand over the money withdrawn from the ATM. The couple promptly complied with their agressor’s alleged threat.
Shortly after the robbery, one of the victims called “000” from their mobile phone (which apparently resulted in requests from Ms ***** to “hand over the phone” as well, until she heard the victim asking for police). At this point Ms *** allegedly began walking quickly away from the couple, and was chased on foot by one of the victims, who remained on the phone to ACT police, notifying the police of the Ms ***** location in the city until she was apprehended by officers in Braddon.
Ms *****, when charged, pleaded not guilty at the Magistrate’s court, which resulted in the escalation of the case to the Supreme Court. One day before trial, Ms ***** submitted a guilty plea to the charge of aggravated robbery, a plea accepted by the Judge presiding over the case.
It has since surfaced that an error was made by the courts in their acceptance of the guilty plea from the alleged offender. Ms *****, although pleading guilty to aggravated robbery, but did not admit to either possessing a syringe at any time, or threatening the couple, thus rendering her sentence invalid.
The couple involved in the alleged attack has been contacted by ACT policing, and will be summoned shortly to attend a retrial of the now case.