First seen eating a bag of crisps without paying in a supermarket where Judy Bryant is trying to arrange a job for an inmate. Judy becomes involved when she pays for a can of ham Denise is trying to shoplift and tells her about the halfway house. She is a working-class single mother with two sons and no job. Judy helps her quite a bit financially and gives some support as well. Denise ends up in Wentworth for the killing of her son Gary. Naturally the other women find out and Bea Smith bashes her. She gets put in isolation but gets bashed again by Maxine Daniels and Phyllis Hunt. At Denise's trial her younger son Russel confesses to killing his brother by accident. Her case is dismissed and she is free to go.