Crimes com­mit­ted in drunken haze

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A WHIT­SUN­DAY woman has been re­leased from the Townsville Women’s Prison on pa­role af­ter plead­ing guilty to charges of com­mon as­sault, as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm, pub­lic nui­sance, se­ri­ous as­sault of a person aged 60 or over and wil­ful dam­age.

The 41-year-old ap­peared in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court via a phone link-up with the prison where she had been in cus­tody for 84 days.

The court heard that at 7.30am on Fe­bru­ary 20, Kel­lie Jean Towse was in­volved in an al­ter­ca­tion at a take­away store on Wil­liam Mur­ray Drive.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Smith said she was asked to leave the shop but turned on a 68year-old man, who tried to in­ter­vene, punch­ing him in the fa­cial area.

The man put his hands in front of his head to de­fend him­self and suf­fered bruis­ing to his wrists and fin­gers and dam­age to his right shoul­der.

The com­mon as­sault charges dated back to March 15, when Towse spat on a person and pushed her face into another, out­side the Phoenix Bar in Air­lie Beach.

At 12pm on May 19, Towse also as­saulted a 58-year-old woman, smash­ing two win­dows at her home. At 4pm that day, she at­tended Banjo’s where she tried to start a fight with another fe­male pa­tron.

Ms Smith said man­age­ment had to pull her from the venue while she re­sisted them.

She said Towse than walked across an ad­ja­cent apart­ment com­plex, yelling and swear­ing, with mem­bers of the pub­lic calling po­lice, to re­port that Towse was “go­ing psy­cho”.

At 4.55pm Towse was found at her Can­non­vale home and ar­rested.

Duty lawyer An­toinette Morton told mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist it would not sur­prise him to learn that al­co­hol had been a fac­tor in each of­fence. She said Towse had now “dried out” af­ter be­ing in cus­tody for the past three months. Mr St­jern­qvist said he got the pic­ture that Towse had com­mit­ted all of these of­fences in “a drunken haze”. “Which is some­thing you need to ad­dress when you’re re­leased and sub­ject to temp­ta­tion again,” he said.

Towse was sen­tenced to a to­tal of nine months im­pris­on­ment and re­leased im­me­di­ately on pa­role.

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