News

Mum in court for threats to kill

"BREATHTAKINGLY stupid" is how a judge described the actions of a young mother who threatened to kill an assault victim and her family.

Dannielle Lauren Bowden unleashed a "blatant and persistent" attack on a 15-year-old girl who was assaulted by Bowden's friend.

The then 19-year-old repeatedly called the young victim on September 8 last year, pressuring her to drop the assault charges through a number of expletive-ridden tirades.

The Warwick District Court this week heard the girl left school early that day, after Bowden said she would be waiting at the gate at the end of the day.

When she was at home with her mother, Bowden called again, with the girl's mother instructing her to put the phone on speaker.

The court heard Bowden told the girl she would come to her house and made reference to vandalising it, while also threatening to kill her and her family.

Judge Greg Koppenol said the experience would have been frightening for the young girl and her mother.

"In any view that was a disgraceful and aggressive blatant attack on the complainant," he said.

Mr Koppenol told Bowden her actions were "breathtakingly stupid" and far more serious than the common assault charge she was trying to save her friend from.

Bowden told the court she was not thinking at the time but did it because she "didn't think the charges were fair".

The judge accepted Bowden now realised the severity of her actions.

Bowden pleaded guilty to attempting to pervert justice, which carries a maximum penalty of seven years in jail.

The now 20-year-old mother of two was sentenced to 18 months jail, wholly suspended for two years.

Judge Koppenol warned Bowden any reoffending during the two years would "almost certainly" see her serve at least 18 months behind bars.

Topics:  assault, court




Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Warwick community to take on iconic events

COMMUNITY EFFORT: Jumpers and Jazz in July is one event that will be kept alive with the help of community members banding together.

Warwick community tasked to take on iconic events into future.

Karts roar at Sandy Creek

CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD: Scott Sorensen, winner of the TAG 125 Light Class, racing at the state championships at Sandy Creek at the weekend.

Karting action from Sandy Creek

April one of the hottest, driest on record for Southern Downs

April was one of the hottest and driest on record for the region.

Temperature records broken in April around Stanthorpe

Latest deals and offers


Truck smashes into caravan on the Cunningham Hwy

Warwick police Sergeant Shane Reid at the scene of a crash between a truck and a...

ACF take Minister to Court

ACF chief executive Kelly O'Shanassy

The Australian Conservation Foundation go to court to stop Carmichael mine.

Dash Cam: Roo takes on car

Kangaroo leaps car.

Kangaroo could have kept going, jumps car instead.

Mayor: confidence is key to filling empty shops

Former Destination Southern Downs business implementation manager Tracy Dobie has announced she will be running for Mayor. Photo Contributed

Dobie to lead economic development committee

Warwick commercial property market in ‘decline’

The old Mango camping store on Albion St is for sale/lease at the moment. It's been empty since late February after housing the camping business for 10 years.

Business confidence affects commercial property sales

Demand for acreage lots pushes up property prices

Property values in Cooroy have increased 25%

Property values jump in Cooroy and Peachester.