Parole for driver who used her car as 'a weapon'
AN IPSWICH mother of three has been twice spared jail for using her car as "a weapon", against both her ex and her new partner.
Leanne Pope's lips trembled as she stood to be sentenced in Brisbane District Court, possibly expecting to be sent to prison for her actions, including having her young daughter in the back seat while driving dangerously at one of the men.
The 33-year-old had already been given a chance, receiving a wholly suspended five-month jail term in February last year for deliberately veering her car onto a footpath as she aimed for her former partner and his new girlfriend.
Less than three months later her new partner had to take evasive action twice when she tried to run him down on April 23 last year.
Crown prosecutor Mathew Thompson said the pair had been involved in an argument and Pope's partner was collecting his things to leave.
He said Pope revved the engine and drove toward her partner with the car tyres screeching.
Mr Thompson said he had to run and she ran over his motorbike.
He said the man threw a chain, breaking the windscreen, so Pope reversed and then drove at him again.
"He had to jump over the front end of the car and he's fallen beside that car," he said.
"She claimed it was an accident.
"The Crown says it was a deliberate action of driving towards her partner."
Mr Thompson said Pope had twice used a car to "intimidate or scare, effectively as a weapon".
No one was seriously injured.
Defence barrister Steve Kissick said his client had untreated mental health problems, noting the first incident was pre-meditated but the second was "spur-of-the-moment".
"She was angry and acted out," he said.
Mr Kissick said Pope had since undergone counselling for anger management, post-traumatic stress disorder and parenting.
Judge Sarah Bradley said the relationship had continued and Pope's partner had forgiven her.
She said the offending was on a background of psychological abuse, domestic violence and untreated psychological issues.
Pope was sentenced to 12 months' jail and had the earlier five-month jail term activated.
She was released on immediate parole but disqualified from driving for four years.