Woman threatens magistrate
A WOMAN who allegedly threatened to burn magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist in his car made a full apology for her behaviour in the Proserpine Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
Danielle Kathlene Hahn was in court to answer charges of wilful damage and breach of bail. She initially told the court she believed the charges were withdrawn but police prosecutor Elizabeth Cassells and magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist argued otherwise.
Mr Stjernqvist told Hahn she was “in Disney Land” and refused to let her leave the court until the matter was resolved.
While waiting to be dealt with, Hahn went to the front counter where she made enquiries about her treatment.
Mr Stjernqvist said she told the staff he “shouldn’t be able to talk to people like that” and threatened “maybe I could just burn him in his car”.
When Hahn was called back into court, Mr Stjernqvist told her he had the option to refer the threat to the police.
“[But] believe it or not Ms Hahn, I’m fairly easy to get on with,” he said.
Mr Stjernqvist said he was prepared to listen if Hahn had a genuine apology, not so much for himself but for the alarm she caused the staff.
“I am truly sorry if I caused any pain. I was just confused – I honestly thought my matter had been dealt with,” she said.
Hahn’s matter stretched back to June 29, 2013, when she wilfully damaged a carton of 24 pre-mixed Jack Daniels drinks at Moranbah’s Black Nugget Hotel, by pushing them off the counter. She was due to appear in court on January 23 but failed to show up.
Hahn always maintained she had spoken with the publican who told her the charge would be withdrawn. Nonetheless, Ms Cassells said police were proceeding as planned.
For the wilful damage offence Hahn was fined $330 and for the failure to appear she received a further $220 fine.