Sentence reduced for woman who forced babysitter, 15, into a threesome

 A COALFIELDS woman who forced her babysitter into a ‘‘threesome’’ with her and her partner will be eligible for release today after having her sentence reduced in the Court of Criminal Appeal.

The offender, who cannot be identified, was jailed for three years with a non-parole period of 18 months while her partner was jailed in Newcastle District Court earlier this year for almost six years.

They pleaded guilty to having sexual intercourse without consent with the 15-year-old after using threats to force the girl into sex acts at their home in February 2011, the Court of Criminal Appeal heard.

The incident began when the woman asked the girl if ‘‘you would like to have a threesome tonight’’ to which the girl replied ‘‘no’’.

The woman sent a text message to her partner saying, ‘‘She probably will later because you know what she’s like when she’s got alcohol in her’’.

The couple went out that night while the girl looked after their children.

The offenders returned home drunk after 1am.

The male offender then told the girl that if she didn’t sleep with him he would hit her and his partner.

The girl complied with his directions.

After the incident, police conducted covert surveillance on the couple and recorded the woman saying that the incident ‘‘didn’t bother me’’ and that the victim should ‘‘know what males are like’’.

She also tried to influence the victim by telling her to think of the children if their father went to jail.

The husband was later jailed for a minimum of four years and six months while the female offender was jailed for a minimum of 18 months.

She appealed the severity of her sentence by claiming that the judge failed to take into account her limited intellectual capacity while misjudging the level of seriousness of her conduct.

The Court of Criminal Appeal reduced her minimum term to 13 months and 15 days meaning she will be eligible for release today while her partner will be eligible for parole in September 2018.

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