Knife used to men­ace of­fi­cers

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

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