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Victim of robbery admits she was at units to score drugs

DURING a trial the defendant is generally the one whose actions are under scrutiny, but on Monday it was the alleged victim who found herself answering some tough questions.

Jessie Fuller was the complainant in the case against Willem Anthony Hennessy, who on Monday pleaded not guilty to one count of armed robbery while in company.

During her testimony Judge Paul Smith told Fuller, 24, she could claim privilege if she was asked a question which could incriminate her.

The court heard Fuller met up with Hennessy on April 16, 2013 to allegedly purchase three iPhones as well as a quantity of morphine tablets for $780.

However, before the deal could go down a second man emerged from behind her, allegedly pressed what she thought was a gun to her ribs and threatened to shoot her if she didn't give him the money.

After she handed Hennessy the cash the two men ran off, but the court heard Hennessy turned back and apologised to Fuller as he jumped a fence.

At the time Fuller gave a false statement to police which said she had gone to the block of units in Allenstown to see if an old friend still lived there, and ran into Hennessy while she was there.

She later made a second statement which admitted she was there for the drug deal.

Fuller said she wanted to purchase the phones from Hennessy, who the court heard had obtained them from a Telstra employee, while the drugs were for the friend she was with.

Fuller had travelled back from Gladstone earlier that day with her friend and was unpacking the car at home when Hennessy allegedly turned up.

However, neither of them wanted to be the ones to make the first move, with the pair getting into an argument on the phone over who would cross the road to see each other.

The court heard, from Fuller in cross examination, that Hennessy didn't want to come to the house because he thought the two women would rip him off, while Fuller refused to go over to his car because she was busy unpacking her car.

"How long does it take to walk across the road and get your drugs?" questioned defence barrister Ross Lo Monaco.

The court heard from Fuller that after the stalemate Dunston and Fuller went to meet Hennessy at a block of units on Oswald St.

As they pulled up Hennessy approached the passenger window and told Fuller to come with him to do the deal, but told her friend to wait in the car.

Fuller, who testified the pair had a "mutual hatred", told her friend she'd be fine and followed him alone to the end of the block of units, where she was allegedly robbed.

Topics:  armed robbery, drugs, iphones



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