Armed thief hits bakery to help feed her family

By MIKARLA THURECHT

RHONDA Marilyn O'Dwyer yesterday pleaded guilty to robbing a Mount Morgan bakery to feed her hungry family.

The Sarina woman, 25, was in tears as she told the Rockhampton Magistrates Court that she was not usually a violent person.

During a bail application, the unrepresented O'Dwyer told the court she had gone to Mount Morgan to visit her foster family.

When she arrived O'Dwyer said she discovered there was no food in the house and she claimed her foster mother had suggested she try robbing the Mount Morgan Hot Bread Shop.

O'Dwyer said even the family cat "looked anorexic'' and after having no luck with her lotto ticket, she decided to rob the bakery.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Darrell Dalton said O'Dwyer was also facing charges for robbing a Chinese takeaway store at Sarina in the last week.

Senior Constable Dalton said O'Dwyer had held a knife to a teenage customer and waved it at the bakery's 16-year-old female staffer during the robbery, about 4.30pm on Monday.

He said O'Dwyer had been decked out in black, with a balaclava and socks on her hands.

Senior Constable Dalton said O'Dwyer had been caught when the bakery's female owner saw O'Dwyer leaving and crash-tackled her to the ground.

He said O'Dwyer had made threats to the staff while they waited for police to attend and he was concerned she would try to hurt witnesses if bailed.

Magistrate Springer denied O'Dwyer bail and remanded her to the Mackay Magistrates Court on December 6.

She also asked for a mental health assessment.



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