A SPRINGDALE Heights mother of six cannot remember her involvement in bizarre incidents where she produced a toy pistol for an attempted armed robbery and aggravated car-jacking, a court heard yesterday.
Shannon Lisa Wiesner committed the offences on June 14, 2011, and her sentencing in the District Court at Albury has been deferred following a self-harm attempt and the preparation of a psychiatric report.
Wiesner, 30, was pregnant when she went with a man to a location near the Murray River and drank a can of bourbon.
But it has been suggested the alcohol may have been spiked with a drug that caused her behaviour and lack of memory about what happened.
Wiesner gave evidence before Judge Stephen Walmsley and said she accepts what she did, expressing remorse for her actions.
“Still to this day, I try to remember,” she said.
Wiesner, the mother of children aged from 13 to two, also faces sentencing on a charge of being armed with intent to commit an offence.
She stopped a vehicle in Prune Street about 6pm, went to the driver’s window with a silver pistol and demanded a ride to Lavington Centro.
When they arrived there, she demanded $20, but the driver said he had only change and handed that over.
Wiesner was driven back to the Kaitlers Road and Kemp Street intersection where she pointed the pistol at another driver and said: “You’re taking me for a drive”.
She got in the car, the driver heard two clicks and she said: “It’s only a fake gun, but it looks real”.
Wiesner got out of the car and was arrested a short time later by police.
Her barrister, Michael King, suggested suspended jail sentences could be imposed on her.
“I submit that this is an exceptional case — it really is quite bizarre behaviour,” Mr King said.
“Something was seriously wrong that night. “There is no doubt about that.”
Mr King said Wiesner suffered a brain injury after the self-harm attempt and there was a compelling subjective case for her.
Director of Public Prosecutions representative Rennae Gee said custody was the appropriate sentence.
Wiesner said she intends leaving the Albury region with her children and mother after the case is finalised.
Sentencing was adjourned to tomorrow.