6 years' jail for bashings

GUILTY: Tammy Phillips has been jailed for six years for two terrifying assaults on elderly women.
Picture — Channel 7

GUILTY: Tammy Phillips has been jailed for six years for two terrifying assaults on elderly women. Picture — Channel 7

AN ice addict who bashed an elderly woman at Cohuna and threatened her with a fake gun in front of her granddaughter has been jailed for up to six years.

The attack on the 77-year-old woman outside a supermarket in June last year followed a similar attack on an 87-year-old woman at St Albans four days earlier.

Shepparton woman, Tammy Phillips, 34, pleaded guilty in the County Court on Thursday to 10 charges. 

County Court judge Elizabeth Gaynor told the defendant that the woman attacked at Cohuna now resided in a mental asylum as a result of the trauma and that the woman at St Albans had suffered facial fractures.

Ms Phillips admitted assaulting the woman at St Albans as she loaded her walking frame into her car.

The court was told that she hit the woman on the head and shoved her to the ground before ripping keys from around her neck and stealing her car.

Days later, in the car park outside the Una IGA Supermarket at Cohuna, Ms Phillips attacked and robbed the 77-year-old woman and threatened her with a fake gun in front of her granddaughter.

Ms Phillips fled in the stolen car and was arrested after dumping the car outside the railway station at Kerang. 

INVESTIGATION. Police search for clues at Kerang railway station last year.

INVESTIGATION. Police search for clues at Kerang railway station last year.

The court heard that both victims were hospitalised and have since lost their independence due to anxiety and depression.

Judge Gaynor said that the defendant was illiterate and suffers an intellectual disability along with a severe personality disorder, but said those factors could not excuse her serious offending.

"You broke the face bone of an 87-year-old lady and another lady is living in a mental asylum because of what you did to her," she said.

The judge acknowledged Phillips' difficult life, telling the court her lack of education and past 21 years of prostitution, drug and alcohol addiction were taken into account on sentencing, but regarded her as "a danger to the community" and sentenced her to a maximum of six years in jail.

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