Court told of woman's threat to chop up boys

August 12, 2004 - 12:55PM

A magistrate broke down in tears today after hearing how a woman threatened to chop up two young boys she allegedly abducted in Brisbane.

Brisbane Magistrate Christine Roney cried after refusing to grant bail to 21-year-old Jodi Ann Lawler.

Lawler was arrested yesterday after allegedly enticing the boys aged three and five into her car at Keperra in Brisbane's north-west.

The court was told Lawler suffered anorexia and was addicted to amphetamines.

Prosecutor Sergeant Lynne Asher said Lawler threatened to chop up the boys and ordered them into a cage, but they refused to go.

It is alleged the two boys were taken to Lawler's former boyfriend Wayne Oldfield's house at Darra, 20 kilometres from where they were abducted.

Police said Mr Oldfield called them after finding the boys and Lawler in his backyard.

Ms Roney told the court it was hard to imagine a more serious category of the crime of abduction.

Lawler faces charges including child abduction and threatening violence.