Debbie Guise  left the tears in the courtroom and walked free with barrister Gerard O?Driscoll.
Debbie Guise left the tears in the courtroom and walked free with barrister Gerard O?Driscoll.

Sex, lies, tapes in family tragedy



THE woman who lied while on trial for her mother's murder walked free from a Rockhampton courthouse yesterday.

Debbie Maree Guise, 27, yesterday pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court to two counts of perjury.

Debbie Guise had perjured herself in 1998 by giving false testimony during two Supreme Court trials.

Yesterday Justice Peter Dutney sentenced her to four years' jail, wholly suspended.? ? Debbie Guise was initially convicted by a jury for her mother's murder, but was granted a new trial on appeal and found guilty of manslaughter, receiving a sentence of six years' jail, of which she served four, before being granted parole.

Her stepfather, Rodney Michael Cherry, was convicted of the murders of her mother Annette Cherry (nee Guise) and her younger sister, Kira Ranee Guise, in Roma, and sentenced to life in jail.

When Debbie was 19, Cherry had her shoot her mother dead, supplying her with a loaded gun to do so.

Cherry had been having sexual relationships with both of the stepdaughters, and was angry at his wife because of affidavits she had supplied to police over his sexual relationship with Debbie.

At the murder trial, Debbie Guide knowingly gave false testimony that she had obtained the pistol from a man named "Macca'', and when she shot her mother she did not know it contained bullets.

Yesterday Crown Prosecutor Paul Alsbury said Debbie was, in fact, given the weapon by Cherry, who had loaded it and sent her off to kill her mother.

Mr Alsbury said had that been known to the jury, coupled with the fact Cherry was involved in a custody dispute with his wife, it could have relied on that to procure intent.

Had the jury known about the loading of the weapon, it could have more safely inferred intent to kill or do grievous bodily harm, Mr Alsbury said.

Debbie had also falsely stated she had only had sex once with Cherry, which she had instigated.

Mr Alsbury described Cherry as "really quite an evil man'' who had manipulated Debbie.

Debbie's barrister Gerard O'Driscoll highlighted she had perjured herself only while providing statements and giving evidence in Cherry's proceedings.

That was a major mitigating factor given investigators believed without Debbie's co-operation, Cherry would never have been charged with murder, Mr O'Driscoll said.

Debbie had also "risked her life'' to help police obtain electronically-taped evidence against Cherry.

Justice Peter Dutney said the mother of two had suffered enough throughout the "tragic matter'' and any further punishment "would be cruel''.



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