Grandmothers armed with metal pole and stick admit they captured the 24-year-old woman for three hours to steal $ 600 – before buying donuts with the proceeds
- 53-year-old Tanya Sweeney and 51-year-old Marianne Spiteri appeared in a court in Geelong
- The couple admitted that she had held a 24-year-old woman in prison for three hours
- Endangered woman with metal pole and stick over missing ring and bracelet
A few grandmothers have admitted that they detained a 24-year-old woman for three hours as part of a bizarre plot to pick up jewelry.
Tanya Sweeney, 53, and Marianne Spiteri, 51, appeared in the Geelong Magistrates’ Court this week, where they pleaded guilty to a variety of charges related to the incident on October 10, 2018.
The pair had arrived at the victim’s house in Geelong at 6:40 am armed with a metal pole and a baton.
They claimed they were there to get a ring and bracelet on behalf of the woman’s ex-partner.
But their plot started to spin when the woman refused to hand over the jewelry. She told the couple she agreed to hand over jewelry personally.
53-year-old Tanya Sweeney and 51-year-old Marianne Spiteri drove to the Corio Village shopping center (photo), where Spiteri escorted the woman to an ATM to get cash
The two grins burst into her house and beat three times in the back of the head with the metal pole, The Geelong advertiser reported.
The attackers then attempted to access her online bank account, but failed.
Then they forced the victim into the back seat of a BMW parked outside and used child safety locks to keep her inside.
The trio then drove to Corio Village Shopping Center, where Spiteri escorted the woman to an ATM to get cash, but failed.
Later, when they found the woman’s bank card in the back of the car, they ordered her PIN, with the threat that they would take her for a “long walk in the bush” if she lied.
The women then used her card to withdraw $ 600 from an ATM and also bought $ 11 worth of Krispy Kreme donuts before freeing the woman
The women then used the victim’s bank card to withdraw $ 600 from an ATM and also bought $ 11 worth of Krispy Kreme donuts before freeing the woman.
The court heard how Spiteri felt “horrible, disgusted and shameful” about the incident. She is currently released on bail after 100 days in custody.
Sweeney, who has a longer criminal history, is on remand.
The couple are sentenced on June 19.