Car-jack mum shocked by court case
THE VICTIM of a shocking car-jacking has spoken out about the ongoing trauma she suffers from the incident, the day after one of her attackers avoided jail.
The Hervey Bay mother said the incident on March 11 may have been a momentary “brain explosion” for the offender who was able to walk out of court with a 12 month probation order, it was the source of ongoing pain and anguish for she and her family.
Hervey Bay Magistrates Court heard on Thursday that the offence occurred when two young offenders forced her out of her car near the Eli Waters Woolworths at about 9.30pm, with one of the pair shouting “f-king get out”.
The other offender, who received the 12 month probation, was said to have been a secondary player in the car-jacking.
The woman said she was “quite angry” that Luke Benjamin Peters, 17, was able to plead guilty and submit a letter of apology in court yesterday without any form of notification to her from the justice system.
“The first I heard of how sorry he was, was when I read it in the paper,” she said.
She indicated she would have liked the opportunity to submit her own letter for the magistrate’s consideration.
Yesterday, she gave the Chronicle the letter she wished the court could have heard.
The harrowing letter (right) details the distress the crime had, and continues to have, on her life and on her family.
Peters’ solicitor, John Milburn, said submitting a letter to the court was the only way his client could have apologised.
“Offenders are not allowed to have any contact with the victim, even to apologise” he said yesterday.
Magistrate Tom Killeen told Peters he accepted he had a brain explosion when he decided to go along with the other offender’s crime.
The second offender was 16 at the time of the offence and will appear in Children’s Court next week.
His victim hopes this time her side of the story will be put to the court before sentencing.