Judge orders examination over servo hold-up

A JUDGE has ordered a forensic psychiatric examination be conducted on a woman who used a screwdriver to hold up a Little Mountain convenience store.

Emma Leigh Sleeman, 38, pleaded guilty in Maroochydore District Court yesterday to holding up the Night Owl store about 6am on October 4, 2014.

Her defence barrister Simon Lewis said she had done it to cover a drug debt that had been run up by a family member.

The court heard Sleeman got about 120 in cash from the the robbery, which was still in her car when police caught up with her a short time later.

Crown senior legal officer Lara Soldi said witnesses had followed Sleeman to a house where she had parked her car in a driveway and asked the resident for help changing a tyre.

Ms Soldi said it appeared Sleeman had hit a gutter when making her getaway, which caused her tyres to blow.

Judge John Robertson noted Sleeman's mental health history and said he wanted more information before he passed sentence.

The case was adjourned so a full forensic psychiatric assessment could be conducted on Sleeman.


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