Woman jailed for tree branch at­tack on cop

NT News - - NEWS - JA­SON WALLS

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.

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