A trigger-happy female burglar who accidentally exposed her backside bearing a distinctive tattoo during a robbery has been sentenced to six years’ jail.
Would-be burglars take note: if you’re going to rob a pub, make sure you keep your backside covered.
A Queensland woman has been jailed over a robbery and shooting after her backside and a distinctive tattoo above it were captured on CCTV.
The Supreme Court in Brisbane heard Eboni Pydde, 21, concealed her face behind a hoodie and sunglasses, but obviously didn’t think to pull up her pants far enough when she robbed the Coomera Lodge Hotel on the Gold Coast in December 2011.
She was dubbed the “bum crack bandit” after police released CCTV footage showing Pydde flashing her rear as she leaped over the bar to steal bottles of alcohol.
The footage showed her distinctive lower back tattoo, later used as evidence against her.
Pydde’s sentencing hearing heard she was armed with a handgun when she and an associate broke into the hotel late one night and stole cash and alcohol.
The pair and some others then met a drug dealer to buy amphetamines.
After the transaction Pydde, high on drugs and alcohol, leaned from the back of the car she was in and shot the dealer twice as he was leaving on his motorbike, hitting him in the arm and hand.
Pydde was later arrested and eventually pleaded guilty to break and enter and acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm after police downgraded an attempted murder charge.
Prosecutor Brendan Campbell said it was concerning that Pydde had fired on the dealer without any explanation, while defence barrister Damian Walsh said his client had been diagnosed with extreme depression and anxiety and was on the road to rehabilitation.
However, Justice David Boddice said to fire a loaded weapon at someone on a motorcycle was highly dangerous.
“It is a matter of significant concern that a person of your age is involved in a premeditated attack on an unarmed person,” he said, sentencing Pydde to six years’ imprisonment.
He took into account her youth and limited history and set parole eligibility earlier than usual, after she has served 20 months.
Pydde has already spent 14 months behind bars so can apply for parole from December this year.