Confessed carjacker released on parole after serving six months

By SHEA DAWSON

A single mother who pleaded guilty to carjacking an elderly woman will not serve additional jail time.

Kings Beach local Lauren Maree Rosin, 22, has been in jail since her attack on the 80-year-old woman in April.

The Maroochydore District Court was told the victim had  suffered grazing, bruising and was suspected to have twisted her ankle after Rosin snatched the keys to her Honda Jazz.

The older woman had offered to give Rosin a lift after finding her in distress in the carpark at Currimundi Marketplace.

Judge John Byrne said the elderly woman was the “perfect definition of a good Samaritan”.

“She did nothing to deserve that,” Judge Byrne said.

“She was awfully injured.”

Rosin also pleaded guilty to driving away after rear-ending two separate cars: one an hour before the carjacking in another vehicle and a second while driving away in the Honda Jazz.

The court heard that Rosin was a recovering methylamphetamine addict and was suffering from a relapse at the time.

Before passing down his sentence, Judge Byrne said he took into account Rosin’s age, her early guilty plea and genuine remorse, as well as her family life.

Rosin was sentenced to three years’ jail with immediate parole after the time already served and a mandatory six-months’ driver’s licence disqualification.

Judge Byrne told Rosin that she may be subjected to a drug-test at any time and must report to her appointed parole officer.

He said that if she was found to have “dirty urine,” she would be imprisoned immediately.

“The key to you staying out of jail in the future is to get away from the drugs,” Judge Byrne said.

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