Mum accused of robbing city taxi driver given bail

A MOTHER and alleged drug addict, charged over an armed robbery of a Toowoomba taxi driver, has been allowed bail.

This is after Brisbane Supreme Court heard the police case against her was "weak".

Lilly-Ann Chapman, 27, was allegedly in the back seat of a taxi when her co-accused, Dwayne Owen Wharton, 33, is accused of holding a knife to the driver's throat and demanded money last October.

When the driver refused, he was allegedly stabbed in the hand. The 32-year-old later recovered.

Chapman, who was on bail at the time of the alleged offence and is still on parole for unrelated matters, was charged with robbery with actual violence in company.

The court heard yesterday  there was a "question" about whether  Chapman had been in the car as no forensic evidence linked her to the scene.

Justice Sue Brown said while the prosecution could still produce further evidence, there were weaknesses in the case against her.

She noted  Chapman, who has four children, had already spent several months in jail since her arrest and had sought treatment behind bars as well as mental health support.

She said strict conditions which include random drug testing and a curfew reduced  Chapman's risk to "an acceptable level".


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