ACCUSED kidnapper Emily Meadows tries to hide as she leaves Murwillumbah Court yesterday after being freed on bail.
ACCUSED kidnapper Emily Meadows tries to hide as she leaves Murwillumbah Court yesterday after being freed on bail.

Out on bail



A FORMER Tweed woman accused of kidnapping four-year-old Rhiannon Stubbings from her Tweed Heads home has been allowed to go free on bail.

Emily Eve Meadows, who lived at South Tweed Heads before recently moving to Currumbin, was granted bail for at least the next five weeks when she appeared in Murwillumbah Local Court yesterday.

The golden-haired 25-year-old covered her face as she entered and left the court where she was charged with taking and detaining a child.

Police allege she took Rhiannon, with intent to remove her from parental control and did so without the consent of the person who had lawful control, her aunt, Aleasha Black, between 5.30am and 4pm on Friday, March 11.

She entered no plea.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Neville Mitchelson sought bail conditions, which were agreed to by her solicitor Mark Bambury and granted by Magistrte Jeff Linden.

They require her to report to Tweed Heads police between 6am and 8pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday until her next court appearance at Tweed Heads on May 2.

On Tuesday, Meadows appeared in Southport Court where a Queensland magistrate accepted her promise to front up at Murwillumbah yesterday to be formally charged.

The Southport Court was told Meadows took Rhiannon Stubbings from her aunt's home about 5.30am on March 11 but she returned the girl, whom she did not know, to the same address almost 12 hours later. Meadows allegedly then checked herself in to Gold Coast Hospital for psychiatric treatment.

Upon Ms Meadows' release from hospital on Tuesday she was arrested by Queensland de- tectives on an extradition warrant from NSW.



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