Mag­is­trate a straight shooter in bat­tle for law and or­der

Geraldton Guardian - - NEWS -

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.

A ROSE BY AN­OTHER NAME...

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.”

SHEEP­ISH AP­POINT­MENT

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?

SKY­LARKS

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.

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