Woman threat­ens mag­is­trate

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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.

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