Guilty plea: Sarah Binnie leaving Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday.
Guilty plea: Sarah Binnie leaving Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday.

DNA nabs pregnant mother



ROCKHAMPTON mum Sarah Binnie almost got away with it.

Almost. Yesterday, about 10 years after Binnie left blood at the scene of a crime, the law finally caught up with her.

Binnie's blood was matched last year to blood found at the scene of a robbery in 1996.

Police prosecutor Constable Calvin Gnech said police had tracked down Binnie at Mt Morgan last year and charged her.

Binnie yesterday pleaded guilty to one charge of wilful damage at the Rockhampton Magistrates Court.

Constable Gnech said Binnie had been involved in a break and enter at the Pioneer Rugby Club, North Rockhampton, in June or July of 1996.

He said entry to the club had been gained by cutting wire mesh and smashing a window.

Constable Gnech said a blood sample, which was later used to identify Binnie, had been found on the glass.

Defence solicitor Stephanie Nicholas said Binnie, a pregnant mother of two, had been 13 at the time and couldn't remember much because it was so long ago.

Ms Nicholas said Binnie remembers drinking and cutting her finger badly.

She said Binnie still had scars from the cut, which saw her spend a week in hospital, have surgery and then undergo occupational therapy.

Magistrate Annette Hennessy put Binnie on a three-month good behaviour bond and did not record a conviction.

No restitution was sought because it was so long ago.

Binnie declined to comment.



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