Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Four jailed over baby, mum shooting

Four people responsible for a home invasion during which a 12-month-old boy and his mother were peppered with gunshot pellets have been jailed.

Ann-Marie Dulcie Lugg, 25, Christopher Gordon Lincoln, 36, and Michael Shawn Sweeney, 38, were Wednesday jailed in Brisbane District Court for their part in the May 2007 incident at Stafford, in Brisbane's north.

Lugg and Sweeney were sentenced to seven years and seven-and-a-half years jail respectively, while Lincoln was handed a five-year sentence.

The fourth offender Nicole Louise Rose, 28, was earlier sentenced to four years jail, suspended after 12 months.

The court earlier heard the group, including Sweeney who was armed with a shotgun, forced their way into the 41-year-old woman's home at 6am on May 19 last year.

She was held captive in her room, still holding her 12-month-old baby while Rose kept an eye on her 12-year-old daughter in the living room.

Prosecutor Vicki Loury said Lincoln and Sweeney searched the bedroom for valuables, upending a mattress and displacing other objects in the process.

She said Sweeney also asked the woman, a known drug dealer, "Where are the ounces?" and slapped her when she tried to hide several mobile phones from him.

At some point, Sweeney handed Lugg the shotgun but she was nervous and shaking as she held it, the court was told.

The court heard Lugg attempted to cover the weapon with a towel to prevent the baby from seeing it but accidentally discharged the weapon.

The baby had pellet wounds to his left arm, leg and foot while his mother was wounded in her forearm, abdomen, thighs and knees.

Both underwent surgery to have the pellets removed but doctors were unable to remove some from the woman.

Sweeney also suffered several pellet wounds.

Judge Terry Martin ordered Lincoln's sentence be suspended after two years, including time he has already served.

Lugg will be eligible for parole in January 2010 while Sweeney will be eligible for release in August 2010.

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