Teen granted bail days before baby due

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A pregnant teenager accused of "disgraceful" conduct in relation to a car boot kidnapping has been granted bail days before her baby is due.

"One should not be dewy-eyed about these things," Justice Stephen Campbell said before granting bail to Latia Henderson in the NSW Supreme Court on Friday.

"Clearly it is the experience of the courts that new parents are not always good parents and it might be said, if one was a cynic, that in some circumstances it is better for the child to be in care than to be with their biological parents."

The most difficult question for him to grapple with was whether the impending birth made a difference to a bail application which he regarded as otherwise "having few prospects of success".

Henderson, 19, and Kayley Lee Ketley, 24, were arrested in February after a 24-year-old woman was allegedly held captive for 13 hours.

She was found covered in stab wounds in the boot of her Holden sedan after it was pulled over on the Hume Highway at Berrima, south of Sydney.

A truckie had reported seeing a hand waving through the broken rear tail-light section of the car boot.

The prosecutor opposed bail, submitting Henderson had been "out of control" for years and posed an unacceptable risk of re-offending or not turning up to court if released.

He alleged she was directly involved in violence towards the victim, knew she was wounded, and knew she was driving the car towards the notorious Belanglo State Forest.

Her lawyer said Henderson's baby was due on Tuesday and, as she was not a sentenced prisoner, would be removed from her if she was in jail.

The baby would instead be looked after by Henderson's grandmother.

She submitted "the birth of that child will irrevocably change her life", she had been a model prisoner and Justice Health had prepared a detailed plan for her to receive help from various services if released.

Justice Campbell noted Henderson was 14 weeks' pregnant when the alleged offences occurred and that did not dissuade her from allegedly engaging in the "disgraceful course of conduct".

She also had a history of breaching court orders and bail conditions.

But the need for her to be at liberty to care and nurture her newborn "is a factor of significant importance in the particular circumstances of this case".

Her behaviour in custody indicated she may have started to turn over a new leaf and she will have community support if granted bail.

He warned Henderson she would be returned to custody if she breached her bail conditions, which include living with her grandmother, being subject to a curfew, being tested for drugs and reporting to police three times a week.

She also must appreciate, given the strength of the crown case, she may ultimately be convicted and would almost inevitably be returned to custody.

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