House of horrors murder accused looks for place to stay

A WOMAN charged with attempting to murder her grandchildren convinced her family to lie about the death of another child, a court has heard.

Despite prosecutors stridently opposing it, the 58-year-old was granted bail yesterday.

However, she was not released immediately.

The Morayfield woman, who cannot be named to protect the children's identities, faced Caboolture Magistrates Court. And even though she was granted bail, she could not leave jail because the court rejected two suggested addresses at which she might stay.

She will be allowed to leave as soon as she finds an acceptable place to stay.

Magistrate Bernadette Callaghan was told much of the evidence against the woman was based on statements from the children.

Police Sergeant Aaron Murray said a child had told relatives his grandmother had tried to suffocate him.

The woman is facing three counts of attempted murder against one boy between July 29, 2013, and February 28 last year.

She has also been charged with attempting to kill the boy's brother on February 28 last year and attempted arson on the same day. She has also been charged with interfering with an infant's corpse on September 27 last year.

Sgt Murray said the interfering with a corpse charge was in relation to her allegedly moving a baby's body from her room to its cot. She then allegedly convinced family members to tell police the baby had been in the cot all night.

Police allege the woman had lit a fire in a room where two children were sleeping. They told the court she had done it when she knew she was being investigated for the other offences.

Sgt Murray said police strongly opposed giving the woman bail.

However, Ms Callaghan said she considered the woman not to be a flight risk and did not believe she would offend while out on bail.

Ms Callaghan, a former Sunshine Coast magistrate, has come under fire several times for perceived lenient sentencing. In 2013, her sentencing of a drink driver and a man accused of a vicious assault in Noosa were found to be inadequate and overturned by the Appeals Court.

Ms Callaghan also granted bail to alleged Rebels bikie Lorne James Campbell despite tough anti-bikie laws.


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