Drunk and disorderly behaviour triggers jail sentence
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.