Mother of boys killed in Wellington car crash near pool bailed after alleged knifepoint robbery


A woman whose two sons were hit and killed by an alleged drug driver has been granted bail while facing charges of robbing a woman at knifepoint. 

Shayleen Frail was arrested on October 24 after allegedly threatening a woman with a kitchen knife and demanding she transfer $717 to her bank account.

Dubbo Local Court heard at the time Ms Frail was suffering post traumatic stress disorder after watching her sons Sheldon and Shane Shorey, aged six and seven, die 10 months earlier on January 6.

The boys, along with their older brother, were visiting their mum in Wellington in the NSW Central West for the school holidays when they were run over while walking to the local pool.

They normally lived with their father, Joseph, in Emerald in Queensland. 

Shayleen Frail is suffering PTSD and depression after two of her sons were tragically killed in a car accident

Shayleen Frail is suffering PTSD and depression after two of her sons were tragically killed in a car accident

Sheldon and Shane Shorey, aged six and seven, were hit and killed by an alleged drug driver while walking to the local aquatic centre

Sheldon and Shane Shorey, aged six and seven, were hit and killed by an alleged drug driver while walking to the local aquatic centre

The boys' father wanted them cremated so they could rest both in Queensland and Central West NSW

The boys’ father wanted them cremated so they could rest both in Queensland and Central West NSW

Following their deaths, their estranged parents were at odds over what to do with their remains. 

Mr Shorey wanted the boys cremated so they could rest in both locations, while Ms Frail and her family wanted them buried nearby.

The matter was heard by a magistrate who determined the boys would be buried at Wellington Cemetery as per their mother’s wishes.

As Mr Shorey contemplates moving his life from Queensland to Mudgee to be closer to his boys’ resting place, Ms Frail is struggling with PTSD and depression.

Dubbo Local Court heard on October 25 she required weekly physiotherapy to deal with her own physical injuries and is on a methadone program to cope with her years-long addiction.

Jacob Steven Donn, 25, remains in jail and is facing 30 charges including manslaughter and negligent driving

Jacob Steven Donn, 25, remains in jail and is facing 30 charges including manslaughter and negligent driving

Sheldon, 6, and Shane Shorey, 7, had been in Wellington to visit their mother after spending Christmas at home in Queensland with their father (The pair are pictured, left, at a Santa photo with their dad and stepmother)

Sheldon, 6, and Shane Shorey, 7, had been in Wellington to visit their mother after spending Christmas at home in Queensland with their father (The pair are pictured, left, at a Santa photo with their dad and stepmother)

Sheldon and Shane were 'playful' and 'cuddly', Mr Shorey recalled after their tragic deaths

 Sheldon and Shane were ‘playful’ and ‘cuddly’, Mr Shorey recalled after their tragic deaths

The mother-of-four suffered a punctured lung, fractured knee and spinal injuries.   

Defence lawyer Beth Maher told the court Ms Frail began using heroin aged 14 and is a woman ‘of particular vulnerability given her circumstances’.

Magistrate Roger Prowse did not grant bail on that occasion, citing a ‘very strong’ police case and ‘a very long record’ of past offences.

But she appeared again in the Supreme Court on December 6 after six weeks in custody and was then granted bail with strict conditions.

She must report to Wellington Police Station once daily, seven days a week.

Ms Frail is due to appear in Wellington Local Court on December 21. 

Defence lawyer Beth Maher told the court Ms Frail began using heroin aged 14 and is a woman 'of particular vulnerability given her circumstances'

Defence lawyer Beth Maher told the court Ms Frail began using heroin aged 14 and is a woman ‘of particular vulnerability given her circumstances’

Mr Shorey has also decorated the boys' bedroom with some of their favourite toys and pictures of them

Mr Shorey has also decorated the boys’ bedroom with some of their favourite toys and pictures of them

Joseph Shorey (pictured above) visited the scene where his two sons were killed, driving non-stop from Queensland after learning of the crash

Joseph Shorey (pictured above) visited the scene where his two sons were killed, driving non-stop from Queensland after learning of the crash

Two days later, 25-year-old Jacob Donn will front Dubbo Local Court on 30 charges, including two counts of manslaughter, negligent driving, driving under the influence of illicit drugs, possessing drugs and dangerous driving occasioning death.

Mr Donn is accused of being behind the wheel and fleeing the scene in the moments immediately following the fatal crash, which occurred just metres from his home.

In addition to Sheldon and Shane’s deaths, a young family friend lost his leg in the crash, while a fourth child, aged nine, escaped with only minor injuries. 

After the brothers were buried, their father decorated their graves with pre-lit candles, solar lights and knick knacks.

He was devastated when he visited again last month after the Covid lockdown to find the site bare.

‘It’s heartbreaking to see it the way it is,’ he told The Dubbo News.

His comments attracted significant criticism from Ms Frail’s family. Her father accused Mr Shorey of ‘putting [his] family down’ and ‘being a clown’.

Mr Shorey decorated their graves with pre-lit candles, solar lights and knick knacks, but was devastated when he visited again last month after the Covid lockdown to find the site bare

Mr Shorey decorated their graves with pre-lit candles, solar lights and knick knacks, but was devastated when he visited again last month after the Covid lockdown to find the site bare

Donn was raised by his grandmother, who said he was devastated after the children's deaths

Donn was raised by his grandmother, who said he was devastated after the children’s deaths

Brothers Sheldon, six, and Shane Shorey, 7, (pictured, left) were killed instantly when a car allegedly driven by Donn mounted the gutter and hit them with considerable force in Wellington, NSW

Brothers Sheldon, six, and Shane Shorey, 7, (pictured, left) were killed instantly when a car allegedly driven by Donn mounted the gutter and hit them with considerable force in Wellington, NSW

‘Grow up and leave my family alone. We don’t need anymore of your social media bulls**t about our grandsons and trying to put our family down,’ a message sent to Mr Shorey read.

‘I hope you have a lonely, sad life and go to hell.’      

In the message, Ms Frail’s father Steven Button also described Mr Shorey as ‘a mutt with fleas’.

He was angered because Mr Shorey, still hurting that he has to travel 16 hours from the home he shared with Sheldon and Shane simply to visit them, was querying when their headstones would be completed.

It’s now been 11 months since the boys were tragically killed while walking to Wellington Aquatic Centre with their mother on January 6.

‘I want to put some concrete edging around it and some solar lights and blue and white rocks in the middle to brighten it up,’ Mr Shorey said of the headstone.  

The tragedy shocked the tight-knit community in country New South Wales where locals flocked to the scene with balloons and teddy bears

The tragedy shocked the tight-knit community in country New South Wales where locals flocked to the scene with balloons and teddy bears

Police allege Donn was performing burnouts on Warne Street when he lost control, mounted the gutter and hit the group of five pedestrians

Police allege Donn was performing burnouts on Warne Street when he lost control, mounted the gutter and hit the group of five pedestrians 

Wellington residents lay flowers and toys at the scene in Warne St where Shane and Sheldon were killed

Wellington residents lay flowers and toys at the scene in Warne St where Shane and Sheldon were killed

Heartbroken father recalls fond memories with his boys before their deaths 

Mr Shorey told Daily Mail Australia of his fond memories with his two boys.

He had last seen his sons on Monday where they told him they loved him and would see him in just a few weeks upon their return to Queensland.

‘I only saw them the day before and they gave me big hugs and cuddles and said: “Dad, we love you, we’ll see you on the 17th”,’ Mr Shorey said.

‘Now I’ve lost my two youngest boys.

‘Sheldon was a little show off, always being like ‘look at me, look at me’, but he’s a little cutey, all the girls loved him.

‘Shane was very sporty and he also liked to be noticed. He knew he was good and he liked people to know as well.

‘I can’t believe it mate. I’m so shattered. It is gut wrenching, it is heartbreaking, it is everything you ever imagine it would be.

‘My kids should be burying me, I shouldn’t have to be burying them, they were my world.’



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