Drunk and dis­or­derly be­hav­iour trig­gers jail sen­tence

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Heather Chalmers

A woman has been jailed for five months and fined al­most $2000 af­ter two in­ci­dents of dis­or­derly be­hav­iour while she was drunk.

Priscilla Robert­son was in the front yard at a prop­erty in Leonora on De­cem­ber 11 last year drink­ing with friends when the po­lice at­tended the house over a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dent.

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Carol Peter­son told the court Robert­son be­came ag­gres­sive to the of­fi­cers and swore at them.

“She picked up a wooden fence picket and con­tin­ued to threaten the of­fi­cers be­fore throw­ing it into the bush,” she told the court.

Robert­son then went into the house and locked her­self in, be­fore the po­lice forced en­try and ar­rested her.

A month later, the court heard Robert­son was drink­ing in the Han­nans Ho­tel in Kal­go­or­lie when she was asked to leave by the man­ager be­cause of her in­tox­i­ca­tion.

She was es­corted out­side and picked up a glass bot­tle and used it to smash a win­dow, caus­ing $500 worth of dam­age.

She pleaded guilty at Kal­go­or­lie Mag­is­trate’s Court on Thurs­day to crim­i­nal dam­age, re­main­ing on a li­censed premises, two of­fences of dis­or­derly be­hav­iour in pub­lic, and one of be­ing armed or pre­tend­ing to be armed in a way that may cause fear.

Lawyer Greg Wildie said his client had a prob­lem with al­co­hol.

“She wasn’t the only one there (in Leonora) and when the po­lice came, she was up­set that they had dis­turbed them,” he told the court.

“There is no sug­ges­tion that she came to­wards the of­fi­cers wav­ing the fence picket.”

Mag­is­trate John O’Sul­li­van said be­cause Robert­son had com­mit­ted the of­fences while on two sus­pended prison or­ders, she had to be re­sen­tenced for the two orig­i­nal as­sault charges.

Tak­ing off two weeks she had al­ready spent in cus­tody, Mr O’Sul­li­van sen­tenced her to five months and two weeks in prison and fined her $1850.

She was also or­dered to pay for the bro­ken win­dow.

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