Bundy teen accused of orchestrating robbery and assault

BAILED: Ashlynn Lee Rogers was released from custody.
BAILED: Ashlynn Lee Rogers was released from custody. contributed

A NINETEEN-year-old has been released on bail after being charged with a string of violence-related offences, including assault occasioning bodily harm and robbery with armed violence.

Ashlynn Lee Rogers sat sniffling back tears from the dock at the Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday as police prosecutor Sergeant Dean Burgess put forward his case as to why her bail application should be denied.

"This is a very serious incident that is alleged to have occurred," Sgt Burgess said.

"It is alleged that Ms Rogers is the orchestrator in all of this."

Sgt Burgess said Ms Rogers' co-accused had earlier appeared in court but did not make an application for bail.

Sgt Burgess said Rogers was granted probation just a few months ago for offences including drugs charges

"That was the crux of her offending back then, and it's probably the crux of the offending here," he said.

"There seems to be some planning involved, it's very serious and if found guilty of any of these offences, there is a likelihood of spending some period of imprisonment.

"They will have to be dealt with in a higher court ... she's currently on bail to go back before the court on drug offences ... it shows that she hasn't been complying with her probation, she's continued to use drugs and she's really upped the ante.

"There's robbery, there's unlawful use, there's assault, and she is the orchestrator in all of this," Sgt Burgess said.

"She should be remanded in custody for her safety and the safety of the victims and any witnesses also."

Duty lawyer Edwina Rowan said her client denied being involved in the incident, did not know her co-accused and may even have an alibi.

"She denies planning, being a procurer, and a counsellor in relation to these charges," Ms Rowan said.

"She denies the allegations."

The exact details of what transpired were not detailed before the court, however Ms Rowan did state that real doubts existed regarding her client's involvement.

Ms Rowan said Rogers, who had only been on probation for about a month, had met with drug and alcohol organisation Bridges to help overcome her troubles.

Acting Magistrate Neil Lavaring did not find Rogers to be a risk to society.

"Bail is granted at this time although it could have easily gone the other way with the matters before court," Mr Lavaring said.

Rogers must reside with her parents, report once a week to police and have no contact with the victim and co-accused.

She will reappear on May 23.



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