Tasered, thrown in boot: Woman’s ordeal ’all over a dog’
AN IPSWICH mum is behind bars after she was sentenced over the kidnapping of a woman who was tasered, thrown into the boot of a car and dumped in bushland.
An Ipswich judge found Kelly Ann Huggins must return to jail for five more months after she was allowed an extended period to finalise family matters before facing her fate.
Back in April before the Ipswich District Court, both Huggins, now aged 41, and her former partner Daniel Raemond Susec, 34, each pleaded guilty to burglary and stealing; assault doing bodily harm when armed/in company; assault; and deprivation of liberty.
The charges involved a sustained attack on a 23-year-old woman in November, 2018
On Tuesday prosecutor Victoria Adams said the Crown sought a jail term of 3 ½ years, saying Huggins punched the woman in the face during the attack, in which Susec was the offender who carried out most of the violence.
The woman had been asleep when they arrived that night, with Susec punching her and using a taser.
Huggins yelled to get her phone and also directed that he and another man who was with them put the woman in the boot of a car.
Ms Adams said the woman was driven for 30 minutes while locked in the car boot in only her underwear, than after being left on the side of the road at Swanbank, walked 40 minutes to seek help.
Judge Dennis Lynch QC said it was clear Susec had been acting under Huggins' direction in going to the house of a woman she had a grievance with.
Huggins, from Wulkuraka, spent 100 days in custody before gaining Supreme Court bail, with defence barrister Mitch Rawlings arguing that consideration should be given that the single mother should not be returned to jail because of the effect it would have on her children.
He said she now had a stable lifestyle and very recently enrolled in a drug treatment program.
He sought a suspended sentence that could be coupled with a supervised probation order.
Mr Rawlings said Huggins and Susec were no longer together with their relationship viewed as being toxic.
"While there was some degree of direction by Ms Huggins it seems Mr Susec took it upon himself to engage in some behaviours with allegations of choking, use of the taser, and pinning the woman to the bed," he said.
Judge Lynch said the facts suggested the motive was an apparent disagreement about the victim's dog.
Mr Rawlings said the dog had been in the care of Huggins because the woman was unable to have it at her rental property.
Judge Lynch said it might seem lenient if she served only the 100 days of a 3 ½ year jail sentence.
"It has all the hallmarks of being a retaliatory assault," Judge Lynch said.
"The infliction of violence was all done in your presence.
"You orchestrated her being taken away in the boot of the car. It would have been frightening for her.
"If you were in the same position you would feel outrageously aggrieved as does the community."
Judge Lynch sentenced Huggins to a 3 ½ year jail term for the burglary and stealing, telling her that with 100 days already spent in custody she must return to jail for another five months.
She received lesser jail terms on the other charges, including 12 months for deprivation of liberty.
Judge Lynch said Huggins will be eligible to begin her parole application from January 24, 2021.
Susec, a meat slicer at Dinmore meatworks, and who had spent 14 months held in custody with the case originally set to go to trial, was granted immediate parole on the day of his sentence.