Grafton Courthouse Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner
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Woman on ‘kidnapping’ charges refused bail

A YOUNG woman charged with a string of offences, including two "take and detain" charges, has been refused bail in Grafton Local Court.

South Grafton resident Brooke Skinner, 20, appeared via audio-visual link in front of Magistrate Robyn Denes on Monday to apply for bail.

It is alleged by police that the young mother and co-accused Wade Sullivan, who also appeared in court on Monday, were involved in detaining a male for the purpose of obtaining advantage between 1-4am on April 4.

Following her arrest two days later, she was also charged with a second count of take and detain and one count of armed robbery with an offensive weapon, in relation to an alleged incident in November, which Ms Denes described as "in the old language, kidnapping".

According to police facts, Skinner was allegedly in the company of three others when a woman was "detained with the intention of robbery" in South Grafton sometime between 11pm on November 28 and 7pm the next day. It is alleged Skinner stole two mobile phones and cash while armed with a weapon.

Ms Denes said a firearm which appeared to have been discharged was later found in her car.

It was also revealed in court that she was on bail at the time of the April 4 offences for charges of stalk and intimidate and destroy or damage property, following at least an altercation in which a Mitsubishi Lancer driven by a person known to the accused sustained damage.

Skinner wept as the defence asked for her to be released for a number of reasons, including the fact that she was scheduled to see her young child the following day.

It was also said that as she had never been to jail before it was a very distressing place.

The crown said the strength of the case in the matter relating to Wade Sullivan was strong, and there were no conditions that could mitigate risks.

Ms Denes took into consideration Skinner's young age and circumstances, but said the serious nature of offences and the risks involved led her to refuse bail.

"Each of (the charges) by themselves is serious," she said.

Skinner is scheduled to reappear in Grafton Local Court via audio-visual link on June 6.

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