Magistrate a straight shooter in battle for law and order
A 36-year-old woman who appeared in Geraldton Magistrate’s Court last Friday on charges of assault and breach of bail appeared agitated as she waited to take the stand.
Her erratic behaviour did not escape the notice of eagle-eyed Magistrate Donna Webb, who interrupted proceedings to address the woman.
“Can you please stop jumping up and down like a jack-in-the-box?” she asked.
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A young man who appeared in Geraldton Magistrate’s Court last Friday found himself on the receiving end of Magistrate Donna Webb’s trademark constructive criticism. The 21-year-old, who was awaiting sentencing on an assault charge, appeared for a mention only after he breached his bail conditions by being caught with cannabis.
The court was told he had otherwise been well-behaved since the January 2017 assault. Ms Webb seemed disappointed. “Do I have to tell you what an idiot you are?” she asked.
“I’m going to say ‘get your head out of the sand’. I would prefer to use another term, but I won’t because it would be inappropriate.”
The Geraldton Guardian recently received a media release regarding the appointment of a new chief executive to a research entity called Australasian Pork Research Institute Limited.
The document contained quotes from a board chairman, expressing his delight over the new appointment.
The board member’s name? Dennis Mutton. Could this be a case of sheep industry espionage?
A Guardian reporter recently spotted a group of teenage boys riding their bikes on a narrow awning connecting several businesses in the Geraldton CBD, in broad daylight.
It appeared the boys had gained access from the rooftop carpark on the corner of Durlacher Street and Marine Terrace.
With no guard rail separating them from a sheer drop of several metres, some onlookers were evidently alarmed.
The boys too, it seemed, were well aware of the dangers. They all wore helmets.