Naked woman hit cop Drug- using schizophrenic tried to break into car
A WOMAN has faced court for assaulting police twice in bizarre circumstances – once while running naked through Vincent and another when she tried to enter a stranger’s car.
Lylandra Walsh, 26, pleaded guilty in Townsville District Court last week to two counts of serious assault of a police officer, unlawful entry of a vehicle, public nuisance and two counts of obstructing police. A CAR park which had been expected to open months ago at Central Queensland University’s Flinders St campus is still closed due to red tape.
The new CQU building opened in March but its 66space car park has sat vacant.
Townsville City Council planning and engagement director Eber Butron said the car park could not open until a certification process ended.
“Having to wait for the certification of new developments before commencing use can be frustrating, but is necessary to ensure public safety and amenity,” he said. “While there are still some outstanding issues, fortunately … ( last week) the council … received necessary documents and thirdparty approvals and we expect that ( developer) Honeycombes will very shortly hand the carpark over to the council. “
CQU Townsville and Northwest Queensland acting associate vice- chancellor Bruce Knight said they looked forward to the carpark opening soon. IT IS a force of nature – more boys are first- born than girls and it’s been that way for generations.
But today’s parents have tossed away past traditions of wanting a first- born son to lead the siblings.
Research shows for every 100 Australian first- born girls there are 105 boys.
“In the Australian culture parents don’t have a first- born gender preference,” social demographer Mark McCrindle said. “In the past there was a lot of pressure put on the woman to deliver a boy but that is no longer the case.”
A recent study revealed that the chances of conceiving a boy or a girl are 50- 50 but as the pregnancy progresses there is a greater chance that the female embryo will miscarry.
“It’s almost as if the universe balances out the population as the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016 data shows there are more women in older age – women tend to live longer,” Mr McCrindle said.
On October 31 last year, a motorist pulled up at lights at the intersection of Fulham Rd and Nathan St and Walsh tried to get into the locked car.
Crown prosecutor Amanda Payne said Walsh placed her chocolate milk and phone in the back seat, through a partially opened window, then tried to climb into the vehicle.
“The complainant yelled at the defendant to get out of his vehicle, then tried to push the defendant out,” she said.
Ms Payne said Walsh made growling noises and bite the man’s hand.
“A bystander approached and grabbed the defendant’s legs and tried to pull her out of the vehicle,” she said.
When police arrived, the lower half of Walsh’s body was hanging out of the car. A male officer tried to remove her and she bit his hand.
Ms Payne said Walsh was detained and tested positive to amphetamine, methylamphetamine and marijuana.
On June 11, 2015, police re- tried to ceived reports of a naked woman running into oncoming traffic at Vincent, yelling: “I am man, I am woman, I will shed my scales.”
By the time officers arrived, a bystander had wrapped Walsh in a blanket, but she was naked from the waist up.
Ms Payne said Walsh dropped the blanket and a female police officer wrapped it around her again.
“She started ranting and raving and refused to put a shirt on, that she was pro- vided,” she said. “The ( officer) again offered assistance and the defendant stood up and punched her in the face.”
Ms Payne said Walsh had previously been convicted of serious assault of a police officer in 2010 and 2016.
Defence barrister Michael Hibble said Walsh, a mother of one, was diagnosed with schizophrenia two years ago.
He said that at the time of the offences, she had “no firm grasp on reality”.
“She needs to ensure she doesn’t take drugs, because if she takes drugs her mental health can’t cope,” he said.
“If she uses even cannabis, and ice – ice seems to be the real issue – there’s going to be significant questions … to her ability to stay out of trouble.”
Judge Gregory Lynham sentenced Walsh to 18 months in jail. As she has already served 248 days in jail, she was released on immediate parole.
“If you continue to use illicit substances … then inevitably you are going to reoffend,” Judge Lynham said. “I do hope … that you don’t revert to using dangerous drugs again.”
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