Unlikely trio accused of armed robbery
JUST a few days ago, 19-year-old retail worker Rebeca Merredith Burgess and 20-year-old mum Rebecca Lacey Pedersen had never been in trouble with the law.
Now, they're in a world of hurt, accused of taking part in a violent armed robbery.
On Monday, they wept while sitting side-by-side inside the glass dock at Maryborough Magistrates Court, handcuffed and under police watch.
The young women had been arrested and charged following an alleged baseball bat robbery which happened at Bryant St, Maryborough on Friday night.
Police allege a victim was threatened with the bat and had their belongings stolen.
A third co-accused and the alleged ringleader of the "criminal enterprise", Tyrone Stewart Snell, has also been arrested and charged with armed robbery.
Unlike his two co-accused, the 21-year-old has seen the inside of both the courthouse and the watch house many times before.
The repeat offender's criminal history was described as "dreadful" by Magistrate Terry Duroux.
His bail application was denied without the police prosecutor even having to make an argument.
As Mr Snell was being led out of the courthouse he yelled out "please write to me, love yas" to his friends who were in the public gallery.
During their appearances, held separate from Mr Snell's, the accused women looked visibly uncomfortable in the unfamiliar environment.
They had spent their weekend in custody.
Defence lawyer Travis George expressed disbelief about how Ms Burgess and Ms Pedersen had become tangled up in the alleged criminal activity.
He emphasised the two were not the main instigators of the alleged armed robbery, which the court heard "escalated out of their control,", putting their participation down to bad decision making.
Ms Burgess and Ms Pedersen were granted bail under strict conditions including that they report to a police station twice a week and have no contact with each other, Mr Snell or the alleged victims.
This includes messaging over Facebook.
All three co-offenders will be mentioned in court again on March 4.