Teen fronts court over robbery

A 17-YEAR-OLD woman has appeared in court charged with the weekend robbery of a 65-year-old woman.

Deana Sasha Pirini was granted bail in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court but it came with a stern warning from Magistrate Graeme Tatnell that it would be her last chance.

Pirini is accused, along with a 16-year-old girl, of snatching a handbag from the 65-year-old, who was also allegedly pushed during the incident on the Esplanade at Urangan.

Pirini faced court charged with robbery with violence and breach of bail.

It is understood a male witness approached the woman following the Sunday incident and identified one of the alleged offenders, which led police to arrest the two teens.

Pirini was convicted of breaching her bail conditions from a previous charge, in which she was required to have no contact with the 16-year-old girl.

Defence solicitor Michael Riedel said Pirini had “bumped into” the girl and was then persuaded to take part in the alleged robbery due to peer pressure.

“She no longer wishes to have any association with (the co-accused) any more,” Mr Riedel said.

But prosecutor Kathryn Stagoll opposed Pirini’s application for bail, saying the teen had “taken an active role” in the alleged robbery.

“She certainly has the propensity to re-offend,” Sergeant Stagoll said.

“She at no time showed propensity to walk away and continued to be part of that other person’s actions ...

“She’s shown she can’t abide by any conditions the court places on her.”

With no criminal history before 2010, Pirini told the court her actions were “stupid”.

“You’ve already been given one opportunity, this is your second. You don’t get a third,” Mr Tatnell told her.

Pirini was fined $750 for the breach of bail but a conviction was not recorded.

She was bailed to re-appear in court on March 4.



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