Foster mum who made up fake psychic ‘Robyn’ to force girl into horrific sex acts is jailed

Foster mum who created a fake psychic named ‘Robyn’ to force teenage girl into horrific sex acts is jailed after she fled overseas to try and avoid being punished for the crimes

  • Woman sentenced to 20 years years in jail for shocking abuse of foster daughter 
  • The foster mother fled to the UK but was extradited by Victoria Police in 2020  
  • The court heard she made up a fake psychic to scare the girl into complying  

A depraved foster mother concocted a fake psychic to scare a teenage girl in her care into horrific sex acts before fleeing overseas to try and escape jail. 

The 65-year-old Victorian woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was sentenced in the County Court on Friday to at least 16 years in prison. 

The court heard the woman, from Croydon in Melbourne’s east, made up a psychic persona named ‘Robyn’, who only communicated with the victim through text messages when she was 14 or 15.

The victim believed the psychic was real and feared telling anybody about the abuse she was enduring because she thought ‘Robyn’ would find out through her psychic powers and then tell her foster mother.

According to court documents, ‘Robyn’ told the victim and two other co-offenders that the psychic had ‘instructed’ them to perform sexual acts, The Herald Sun reported. 

The offending began when the woman told the girl the psychic said she was a ‘sl**’ and was ‘obsessed with sex’ before she watched on while the victim’s foster brother performed lewd acts on her. 

The foster mother was sentenced to at least 16 years behind bars in the County Court of Victoria (pictured) 

The woman then progressed to demanding the girl perform ‘degrading’ acts with sex toys and other objects.

The woman inflicted a range of horrific abuses on the girl including on one occasion where she made cruel jokes as she struck the girl 150 times with a wooden spoon, spat on her feet, and sexually penetrated her. 

In another incident, she hit the girl with a piece of timber after forcing her to do 20 push-ups on a scorching 40C day and then continued with the demand and attack after the girl had stopped to treat her injuries.

The teenager fled the house of horrors and slept in a stranger’s garage, where she was discovered a day later and taken to police.

Detectives interviewed the woman in 2013 where she claimed she hadn’t struck the child and that she was a thief and liar. 

She then fled overseas to the UK, prompting the brave teenager to report the sexual abuse she had suffered.

The woman was extradited to Victoria in 2020 and has spent 863 in custody. 

Judge Rosemary Carlin on Friday sentenced the woman to 20 years and six months in prison with a non-parole period of 16 years.

She will also be on the sex offender register for life and won’t be free from prison until she is in her 80s.