Woman accused of Maryborough jewellery heist bailed

A FRASER Coast woman accused of a jewellery heist and an assault with a hammer will be home for Christmas.

Donna Lee Robinson successfully applied in Brisbane Supreme Court on Thursday for bail after arguing her medical conditions were not being treated optimally in jail.

Having already spent 416 days behind bars, the Crown conceded she had probably spent more time in custody than she would receive once sentenced.

Ms Robinson and accused accomplice Michael Gordon Thompson allegedly held up Gillhespy T J Watchmaker and Jeweller in Adelaide St, Maryborough, on October 18, 2013.

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.

Ms Robinson is charged with armed robbery, fraud and deprivation of liberty.

Soon after her release on supreme court bail in July 2014, she returned to prison for allegedly hitting someone with a hammer two to three times in the head and twice in the stomach.

Justice David Boddice said Ms Robinson, who has twice been handed suspended jail sentences in the past, needed ongoing medical treatment that was best conducted in the community.

He granted bail with conditions Ms Robinson live on the Fraser Coast, not consume alcohol or illicit drugs, undergo breath tests, report to police and have no contact with witnesses.

Ms Robinson is expected to face Maryborough District Court in the new year.



* An earlier version of this story suggested the assault was on a former husband. The writer understands this is incorrect. 

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