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Woman accused of jewel heist on bail with strict conditions

AN ACCUSED jewel thief has been granted freedom after one of the state's highest courts found she did not pose a risk of reoffending due to her strong ties to the Maryborough community.

Donna Lee Robinson, 40, had her bail application heard yesterday in the Brisbane Supreme Court where her freedom was granted ahead of her trial scheduled to he held in the Maryborough District Court in September.

The court heard Robinson, along with accused accomplice Michael Gordon Thompson, 37, allegedly held up Gillhespy T J Watchmaker and Jeweller in Adelaide St, Maryborough, on October 18, 2013.

Robinson, who was on a suspended sentence at the time, is facing four charges including armed robbery, deprivation of liberty and two fraud offences.

It is alleged the pair made off with more than $30,000 in watches and jewellery after tying up the owner in a back room.

Crown Prosecutor Ben Jackson conceded the Crown's case was not particularly strong or overwhelming.

"I would concede she has very strong ties to the community, especially with family living in the area.

"Her co-accused has indicated he will be pleading guilty and will not be assisting the Crown's case."

Justice Peter Flanagan said he did not believe the mother-of-three posed a risk of reoffending given the stringent bail condition he was going to impose.

"There is no doubt the alleged offences are serious.

"One of her daughters has cervical cancer and her son suffers from autism.

"She is their primary carer. Her former partner has been caring from them while she has been in custody for the past five-and-a-half months.

"I believe all the conditions I will impose on her will dramatically reduce any prospects of reoffending."

Justice Flanagan ordered Robinson live with her parents in Maryborough, undergo monthly drug testing and abstain from consuming alcohol.

Topics:  court crime robbery



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