Crimes committed in drunken haze
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.