| 16.08,18. 04:16 PM |
Woman accused of murdering rapper in Sydney street granted bail
Photo: Hannah Quinn had been in prison since the weekend. (Supplied)
A 23-year-old woman charged with murdering rapper Jett McKee, also known as Scepaz, has been granted bail by a Sydney court.
Hannah Quinn, who appeared via video link from Silverwater Jail, broke down in tears when the decision was handed down at Newtown Local Court.
The part-time barista is accused of crash-tackling McKee down Hereford Street after he allegedly broke into her Forest Lodge home last Friday afternoon.
Ms Quinn's boyfriend Blake Davis, 28, allegedly stabbed McKee in the head with a Samurai sword, leaving him to die in the middle of street, before the couple fled the scene.
In applying for bail, defence lawyer Tom Hughes said witnesses heard Ms Quinn yelling, "what the f*** have you done?" moments after her boyfriend allegedly turned the sword on McKee.
Mr Hughes argued Ms Quinn did not know "that was going to happen" and "was a 23-year-old girl, with no criminal history and was subject to a particularly unpleasant home invasion", which left her "traumatised, terrified and in a state of shock".
Mr Hughes argued McKee threatened the couple, saying: "You don't want to get hurt, I will shoot you — there are a lot of people like me who will shoot you — give me your valuables."
$21k found in nearby laneway
The court also heard McKee had a large gambling debt, which had been paid off by his parents, and a girlfriend who was pregnant.
Police prosecutor Clint Masr did not oppose Ms Quinn's bail application, but will be pushing for the murder charge to remain, as well as an additional charge of being an accessory after the fact.
It was today revealed in court that $21,000 in cash was found in the laneway near the Forest Lodge house, but it is unclear who the money belongs to, or why it was left behind.
After three days on the run, the alleged killers turned themselves into Newtown Police Station on Monday night, where they were both charged with murder.
In granting bail, Magistrate Margaret Quinn said she was satisfied that the TAFE student did not "pose an unacceptable risk" considering "she had no previous criminal record" and was subject to "an unfortunate incident".
Outside the court, the accused's mother Megan Quinn thanked people "for keeping an open mind" and expressed her sympathy to McKee's family.
Mr Davis and Ms Quinn are due to face court again in October.