Woman jailed for tree branch attack on cop
A WOMAN who beat a female cop over the head with a stick while her co-accused hid underneath the police car in an attempt to avoid arrest has been jailed for three months.
Naomi Daly, 24, pleaded guilty in the Darwin Local Court to assaulting a police officer and aiding another to escape custody following the May 11 incident.
The court heard police were called to the Driver Ave address about 9.15pm in response to a report of people being loud and causing a disturbance.
On arrival, the officers were met with “loud verbal abuse” from Daly’s male coaccused, who they then attempted to arrest for behaving in a disorderly manner in a public place.
Police directed the man to get in the back of the divvy van before he began physically resisting and kicked one of them in the torso, forcing him backwards.
After being hit with a blast of capsicum spray to the face “which had little to no effect”, the man got out of the cage and climbed under the police car.
It was at this point Daly “armed herself with a tree branch and held it over her head before bring it down in a downward motion striking (the officer) three times in the back of her head”.
The co-accused was able to escape from under the car while the officers were distracted by the branch attack and fled the scene.
He was later found hiding in a nearby front yard.
Daly was sentenced to a total of three months in jail over the incident.