Knife ruckus ter­ri­fies res­i­dents

Daily Mercury - - COURT - LUKE MOR­TIMER luke.mor­timer@dai­ly­mer­

A DRUNKEN South Mackay woman wan­dered around a unit block car park wav­ing a knife and scream­ing ex­ple­tives while ter­ri­fied neigh­bours cow­ered in their homes.

When po­lice dashed to the scene at Mil­ton Street, South Mackay about 7.50pm Thurs­day night, Alisha Ma­ree McNa­mara kicked two of­fi­cers and latched on to an­other with her teeth.

On Fri­day, McNa­mara (pic­tured right) fronted Mackay Mag­is­trates Court in cus­tody.

The 22-year-old woman pleaded guilty to go­ing armed so as to cause fear, three counts of as­sault­ing po­lice and one count of ob­struct­ing po­lice, which oc­curred while she was on a pro­ba­tion or­der. McNa­mara also pleaded guilty to a drug driv­ing charge, dated to Au­gust 1 this year.

De­fence lawyer Phillip Moore ap­plied for bail on be­half of his “em­bar­rassed” client, as Pro­ba­tion and Pa­role rep­re­sen­ta­tives were not avail­able to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion needed for sen­tenc­ing.

Pros­e­cu­tor Chelsea Pear­son ten­dered an ob­jec­tion to bail, and pro­vided the facts of the case to Mag­is­trate Damien Dwyer.

“The de­fen­dant was in the car park area, bran­dish­ing a large sil­ver knife. She was pac­ing back and forth, yelling words to the ef­fect of (pro­fan­i­ties), while hold­ing the knife out in front of her and wav­ing it around,” she said.

“She was stand­ing out­side units di­rect­ing the threat­en­ing be­hav­iour and wav­ing the knife to­ward the front doors of the units, caus­ing the wit­nesses to fear for their safety and seek refuge in­side the units.”

Mr Moore said McNa­mara had been “ex­tremely in­tox­i­cated” and con­ceded the in­ci­dent “clearly would have been ter­ri­fy­ing” for res­i­dents.

He noted McNa­mara’s bite didn’t punc­ture the of­fi­cer’s skin.

He added McNa­mara had not been tak­ing med­i­ca­tion for men­tal health con­di­tions and had been strug­gling to deal with var­i­ous fam­ily dra­mas.

Mr Dwyer re­fused bail, con­sid­er­ing that McNa­mara pre­sented an unac­cept­able risk of com­mit­ting fur­ther of­fences.

McNa­mara’s sen­tenc­ing was ad­journed to No­vem­ber 30.

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