Batoul Sleibi El Dirani: Mother charged over death of Robyn Figg identified: St Mary’s car crash


A mother-of-three has been banned from sitting in the front seat of a car after she was accused of crashing into a beloved grandma’s home while speeding, fleeing the scene and leaving her for dead.

Police allege Batoul Sleibi El Dirani, 29, was travelling at 45km/h over the speed limit with a baby in the backseat when she ploughed through the house at 5.20am on October 8 – coming to a stop in the backyard.

Grandmother Robyn Figg, 62, was sleeping in the front room of her home in the western Sydney suburb of St Mary’s and died at the scene. 

Three other family members who lived at the property were uninjured.   

NSW Police on Friday charged Ms El Dirani with a litany of offences including aggravated dangerous driving occasioning death, failing to stop and assist after a vehicle impact occasioning death and assaulting police.

She and the baby were uninjured in horror crash, and were stopped by officers nearby later that day.

Police allege Batoul Sleibi El Dirani, 29 (pictured), was travelling at 45km/h over the speed limit with a baby in the backseat when she ploughed through the house

Her car allegedly rocketed all the way through the home on a straight residential street about 5.20am on October 8 (above)

Her car allegedly rocketed all the way through the home on a straight residential street about 5.20am on October 8 (above)

Robyn Figg, 62, who died during the incident, is pictured with her 'best friend' and granddaughter Grace

Robyn Figg, 62, who died during the incident, is pictured with her ‘best friend’ and granddaughter Grace

Ms El Dirani, following her arrest, was taken to Nepean Hospital for mandatory testing where she remained for at least a week before being released. 

Penrith Local Court last Friday heard she needed to remain at the facility because she was suffering a psychotic episode and hallucinating.

It is during this time she allegedly attacked two police officers. 

She has since been released on bail under the care of her husband Abdallah Allaou who works in the financial industry as a business planner.

Ms El Dirani’s lawyer told the court he can work from home while she is awaiting trial. 

As part of her bail conditions, Magistrate Stephen Corry ruled Ms El Dirani must not occupy the front seat of a motor vehicle or go come within 100 metres of an international airport.

She is due to reappear in court next year on January 27. 

Pictured: The Figg family last Christmas - Robyn's daughter Daisy and her partner Ian (far left), Ms Figg (centre back) and her mother Betty (centre front), son Josh, his wife Liz, their daughter Grace (right)

Pictured: The Figg family last Christmas – Robyn’s daughter Daisy and her partner Ian (far left), Ms Figg (centre back) and her mother Betty (centre front), son Josh, his wife Liz, their daughter Grace (right)

NSW Police on Friday charged Ms El Dirani with a litany of offences including aggravated dangerous driving occasioning death, failing to stop and assist after a vehicle impact occasioning death and assaulting police

NSW Police on Friday charged Ms El Dirani with a litany of offences including aggravated dangerous driving occasioning death, failing to stop and assist after a vehicle impact occasioning death and assaulting police 

Meanwhile, Ms Figg’s heartbroken children Josh and Daisy Oxley said it was a ‘weird feeling’ learning about the charges on Friday – which was also Ms Oxley’s birthday.

They told Daily Mail Australia their mother – an Indigenous Palawa woman – had a ‘big heart’ and would go out of her way to help family and friends. 

‘I really want to bring awareness [about what allegedly happened] and try my hardest to get justice for our mum,’ she said. 

Ms Figg’s partner and owner of the house, James Pemble, was out walking their dog at the time of the alleged crash, while his parents, who were uninjured, were asleep in the property’s rear granny flat. 

The siblings, who also have an older brother, the son of Ms Figg’s first husband who she took into the family as her own, said she was a doting mother who cared for everyone and was very respected in the community.  

‘She was tough, with a huge heart,’ Josh said.  

‘Growing up as kids she would always coach our cricket teams and take us to sports.

‘I was sick as a child and she would sit in hospital with me every day until I turned 18.’ 

Police and paramedics are pictured at the scene of the  alleged crash last month

Police and paramedics are pictured at the scene of the  alleged crash last month 

As part of her bail conditions, Magistrate Stephen Corry ruled Ms El Dirani must not occupy the front seat of a motor vehicle

As part of her bail conditions, Magistrate Stephen Corry ruled Ms El Dirani must not occupy the front seat of a motor vehicle

Daisy added: ‘All of our friends were always welcome into our home, they always knew they were welcome and had a roof over their heads.

‘I wish a million kids could have had the mother we had. We were absolutely blessed to have her as a mum.’ 

Josh said his mum’s love of her life was his daughter Grace, aged five.

‘They were best friends. Mum just adored her,’ he said.

‘There wasn’t anything mum wouldn’t do for her. She would FaceTime her every day. Grace was her whole world. She had already started buying presents for her just as Christmas finished.

‘When Grace learned about what happened, she said to me “who do I ring now dad?”. 

Ms Figg is seen cutting a cake with Grace on her birthday in June this year before her sudden death

Ms Figg is seen cutting a cake with Grace on her birthday in June this year before her sudden death

They described her partner James, who goes by Jamie, as the ‘love of her life’ and said ‘there is no amount of words to describe the impact her loss will have on our family.’

‘It’s just a huge whole in the family that will never be filled,’ Daisy said.

Photos of the wreckage left at the property showed the car went all the way through the home before coming to a stop by a garden shed in the backyard.

The alleged impact crumpled the property, leaving a trail of wreckage throughout the rooms and sending building materials and personal belongings strewn across the lawn.  

Blacktown Fire Station Officer Samuel Parkhouse said the SUV had allegedly left the house with ‘significant structural damage’.

‘It appears the car as it’s come into the property has become airborne and has gone straight through from the front,’ he said.

Fire and Rescue used specialised equipment to keep the rest of the house standing.

The black SUV also appeared to be badly damaged, with its windshield broken and door caved in.

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