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Amanda Ridden sentenced for 'Bonnie and Clyde' crime spree

Two years ago Amanda Ridden and her boyfriend embarked on a "Bonnie and Clyde" rampage across Sydney, robbing the Roseville Cinemas and a Revesby pub with a sawn-off shot gun and an axe.

Their crime spree ended at a southern Sydney McDonald's two days later but not without Ms Ridden biting, swearing, kicking and spitting at the police offices who arrested her.

Amanda Ridden's parents Wayne and his wife leave court after their daughter's sentencing.
Amanda Ridden's parents Wayne and his wife leave court after their daughter's sentencing.  Photo: Kate Geraghty

When in custody the 23-year-old then kicked and scratched an officer and yelled, "f*** you, I am going to find out where you live and get [my boyfriend] to rape your wife," according to court documents.

Ridden was silent on Friday, her eyes welling with tears as she was sentenced to a maximum of nine years and six months for the crime spree she embarked on with then boyfriend Daniel Roach.

Amanda Ridden sentenced over "Bonnie and Clyde'' crime spree.
Amanda Ridden sentenced over "Bonnie and Clyde'' crime spree. Photo: Facebook

She will be eligible for parole in March, 2019.

Her parents sat in the gallery wiping away tears and said outside the court that "there are no winners".

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Judge Andrew Haesler told the court Ridden had rebelled from a young age, after being brought up in a strict religious family on Sydney's northern beaches.

"She left home and school early. She spent a short time in a hairdressing apprenticeship. She took up the use and abuse of drugs," Judge Haesler said.

After only being out of jail a few months, Ridden and Roach hatched a plan to rob the Roseville Cinemas and recruited two other men to help them.

"Her time in custody did not deter her," Judge Haesler said during her sentencing at the Sydney Downing Centre District Court.

"She simply did not care about others, or that she was going to jail," he said.

On the evening of September 23, 2013, Ridden was part of the group who robbed an 87-year-old man of his car on the driveway of his Lane Cove home on Sydney's lower north shore.

"The offence was pointless and nasty," Judge Haesler said.

From here the crew drove to Roseville Cinemas where they covered their faces with jumpers and t-shirts before approaching Michael Sheppard – the man behind the candy bar.

They demanded Mr Sheppard hand over money from the till but he told them to "f*** off" and triggered a silent alarm.

One of the robbers said to Mr Sheppard, "Do you want to die?"

The group threatened to shoot some of the cinema goers if they did not hand over their wallets but only one complied.

A further $506 was stolen from the till and Ms Ridden and her co-offenders took off towards the Revesby Pacific Hotel, in Sydney's south-west.

Ridden was armed with a walking stick, while the men still had the shotgun and axe.

They told staff and customers to get on the floor and managed to steal $3873 and five packs of cigarettes.

After that the group went to Westmead where they set fire to the stolen Nissan Pulsar.

The following day, Ridden and Roach were approached by police at Kirrawee McDonald's in Sydney's south.

Roach was under the influence of drugs and began assaulting police.

Meanwhile, Ridden spat, abused, scratched and kicked the officers trying to arrest her.

"These were not trivial assaults. Actual harm was inflicted," Judge Haesler said.

Ridden was sentenced to a minimum of five years, eight months' jail for the 10 offences she was found guilty of including six counts of assaulting a police officer and two counts of robbery armed with a dangerous weapon.

Ridden's ex partner Roach is currently serving an 11 year maximum sentence.