A mother accused of fleeing Queensland with her twin daughters during a custody dispute four years ago says only her children know the real story of what happened.
The girls were allegedly taken from school by their mother in 2014 and lived for four years in a NSW north coast town.
They were found a fortnight ago and the woman, who can’t be identified, was charged with two counts of child stealing and taken into custody.
She was granted Supreme Court bail on Thursday, under conditions she not contact the girls or their father and wears a tracking device.
Her parents, who she is going to live with in north Queensland, offered the court a $50,000 surety.
After her successful bail application, the woman’s lawyer, Phil Rennick, read a statement on her behalf.
“The girls have grown into strong, intelligent young ladies and I could not be more proud of them,” she wrote.
She stressed that during their four years in NSW the girls weren’t isolated and those attacking her or their father are actually harming them.
“The only people who know the truth about what they have been through are the girls themselves,” her statement said.
“It is their story to tell when they are old enough to be allowed to and then only if they wish to do so.”
During Thursday’s bail application, the court heard the woman had vanished during a custody dispute after her marriage failed and believed the girls were being abused by their father.
There was no evidence to support that claim, the court heard.
Since the woman was located, the twins have been living with their father in southeast Queensland.
While bail was opposed by prosecutors, who feared she may again abscond with her children, Justice Peter Davis was concerned about the likelihood she could remain in custody until next year before her matter could go to trial.
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“By the time this case gets on it’s likely that (the woman) will have served a large proportion of any sentence that she would have been ordered to serve,” he said.
Justice Davis also questioned whether she would flee without her children.
“She’s shown an ability to effectively go off the grid … but I’m not really sure she would be motivated to do that unless she’s got the children,” he said.
As part of bail, which has 16 conditions, the woman is required to report to police daily.
Her matter remains before the court.