A SPRINGDALE Heights mother of six children has avoided jail for an attempted armed robbery and aggravated car jacking because a District Court judge said she was “in a state of amnesia”.
Judge Stephen Walmsley yesterday said in Albury when sentencing Shannon Lisa Wiesner, the influence of alcohol and a drug had reduced her moral culpability.
Wiesner, 31, said in evidence this week she had no memory of what she did in June 2011.
Judge Walmsley said she had no memory of an afternoon drinking with a man at the river.
The man had a reputation for spiking drinks to have sex with women.
Wiesner appeared for sentencing for attempted armed robbery, aggravated car jacking and being armed with intent to commit an indictable offence.
Wiesner, the mother of children aged 13 to 2, stopped a car in Prune Street about 6pm on June 14, she had a silver pistol and demanded the driver take her to Lavington Centro.
There, she demanded $20. The driver said he had only change and handed that over.
He grabbed the gun from Wiesner but gave it back when he realised it was fake. She apologised.
The driver took her back to the Kaitlers Road and Kemp Street intersection.
There she pointed the pistol at another driver who kept driving.
She pointed the pistol at a third driver and said: “You’re taking me for a drive”.
When 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 and police arrested her soon after.
Judge Walmsley said after the car jacking, the journey travelled was brief and there was no damage to the vehicle.
Wiesner spent 38 days in jail before being granted stringent Supreme Court bail with a curfew.
She was later involved in a self-harm attempt and suffered brain damage which still affected her.
Wiesner was given a 22-month suspended sentence for the car-jacking, an 18-month suspended sentence for the attempted armed robbery and was put on a two-year bond for the other matter.