Mother charged over Ipswich home invasion
INTRUDERS who invaded a woman's home may have shoved her into the boot of a car when they left.
In limited details revealed before Ipswich Magistrates Court, a mother of three remains in jail after a magistrate refused her bail application because of the serious allegations against her.
During an incident at Raceview, described as a home invasion, a woman is alleged to have been robbed, hit, and put into the car boot when a group of males and a woman entered her house.
Kelly Ann Huggins, 39, from Wulkuraka, appeared in the dock of Ipswich Magistrates Court charged with entering a dwelling with intent/in company at Raceview on November 28; robbery with violence; assaults causing bodily harm; and deprivation of liberty.
Prosecutor Senior Constable Carl Spargo said police opposed bail, and submitted written reasons to Magistrate Donna MacCallum.
Defence lawyer Kelsea Read said Huggins was a co-accused in the matter and likely to have been charged as a result of being a party to the incident.
She said the police case against Huggins with allegations of violence was not strong.
In the bail application, Ms Read said Huggins was at risk of spending time in jail awaiting trial.
Huggins does not have a passport.
Magistrate MacCallum said Huggins had been identified (by the alleged victim) and from a police photo board.
Ms MacCallum said in police facts there had been an altercation in which males allegedly assaulted a person, while (according to a witness) Huggins had been screaming "get her phone".
Huggins was also alleged to have reached above a woman's bed and grabbed her purse with $180, saying "we'll take her in the car".
There had been a struggle with one of the men, Huggins yelling to another male "come here, we need your help".
Police were alleging the woman was then taken out to a car and put into its boot.
Ms MacCallum said although Huggins may not have done the alleged assaults the woman was punched in the head several times, and with a closed fist to her throat.
"It (allegations) are quite serious," said Ms MacCallum.
"And she has not done anything to stop that."
Finding Huggins to be an unacceptable risk, bail was refused.
The case was adjourned to December 19 for mention.