Knife used to menace officers
AWOMAN who assaulted police while she held a knife faced Gayndah Magistrates Court last Thursday.
Lutricia Anne Davey, 42, pleaded guilty to a series of charges including serious assault of a police officer.
During an incident last December she twice assaulted police while armed with a knife.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Chris Elder said during the dispute police had directed Davey several times to put down the knife or be tasered, before she obeyed.
Magistrate Maxine Baldwin told the court that police sign up to protect the community
Magistrate Maxine Baldwin Police sign up to do a tough job; they don’t sign up to be hurt or to lose their life.
and should never be assaulted.
“The instruction to put (the knife) down is black and white: put it down.”
“Police sign up to do a tough job; they don’t sign up to be hurt or to lose their life.”
Defence solicitor John Willett said Davey had a history of public nuisance charges, but she was remorseful and undertaking Lifeline anger management counselling.
Magistrate Baldwin directed Davey to undertake counselling and courses as directed during probation, and “hopefully you will have time to rehabilitate”.
“Your circumstances are tragic, but it’s never worth taking matters into your own hands.”
Davey was sentenced to one month imprisonment, suspended for 12 months for assaulting police.
She also received six months’ probation for public nuisance and possession of a knife.