Med­i­cal and le­gal cir­cles hear it all

Geraldton Guardian - - NEWS -

COURT COV­ER­AGE Frosty re­cep­tion

The City of Greater Ger­ald­ton’s com­pli­ance of­fi­cer, who usu­ally han­dles prose­cu­tions, ap­peared in Ger­ald­ton Mag­is­trate’s Court with a City ranger wear­ing nei­ther her uni­form nor busi­ness dress, but a bulky padded parka.

“Who is this per­son?” Mag­is­trate Donna Webb asked. The com­pli­ance of­fi­cer said she was a City ranger who had car­riage of the mat­ter be­fore the court.

“She is not wear­ing a proper jacket,” the mag­is­trate said. The ranger re­moved the of­fend­ing gar­ment be­fore she could pro­ceed.

SMOKE SIG­NAL Quick re­quest

A Gree­nough pris­oner ap­peared by video link in Ger­ald­ton Mag­is­trate’s court. He was re­manded in cus­tody, hav­ing re­of­fended while on bail.

Mag­is­trate Donna Webb re­fused to con­sider his new bail ap­pli­ca­tion be­fore he had the ben­e­fit of le­gal ad­vice. “I will see you here next week when your lawyer has been to see you,” she said.

“Tell her to get me bail and tell her to bring me some smokes in,” the pris­oner said.

JUST KID­DING Jaw-drop­ping ad­vice

Our re­porters never stop work­ing, even dur­ing med­i­cal ap­point­ments. One of our num­ber saw a sign on the win­dow of a chil­dren's play room at a Ger­ald­ton clinic that read: “Warn­ing: Unat­tended Chil­dren will be sold to the cir­cus”.

When his turn came to see the doc­tor, he could tell by her name and ac­cent she was not from Aus­tralia. “I told her why I was there, be­cause I have a mole I’m con­cerned about that’s been get­ting ... in­flamed,” he said. “She told me I need to see a den­tist. I was baf­fled for a sec, un­til we both re­alised she thought I had said ‘mo­lar’.”

Pic­ture: Ge­off Vi­vian

This con­struc­tion in Gree­nough shows not all ar­ti­fi­cial sheep live in Northamp­ton.

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