Naked woman hit cop Drug- us­ing schiz­o­phrenic tried to break into car

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - LUCY SMITH lucy. smith@ news. com. au

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.”

Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

SET­TLING IN: James Cook Univer­sity stu­dents Kris­telle Davis and Robyn Jones will be get­ting used to life at James Cook Univer­sity dur­ing O Week.

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