Woman avoids jail af­ter as­saults

Pinjarra Murray Times - - NEWS -

A WOMAN who punched a doc­tor and nurse and kicked police of­fi­cers was sen­tenced to eight months im­pris­on­ment, sus­pended for 12 months, when she ap­peared in Man­durah Mag­is­trates Court on Fri­day.

Re­nee Gayle An­der­son pleaded guilty to two counts of as­sault­ing a per­son work­ing in a hos­pi­tal, two counts of as­sault­ing a pub­lic of­fi­cer and two counts of breach­ing bail.

Police prose­cu­tor Sean Dis­combe said An­der­son was a pa­tient at Peel Health Cam­pus on June 28, 2016, when she punched a doc­tor to the chest and grabbed his thumb.

She was thrash­ing about and also punched a nurse in the chest, caus­ing her to be­come winded.

Con­sta­ble Dis­combe said police were called to a house in Cooper Street on May 8, 2018, where An­der­son was not wel­come.

He said An­der­son struck walls and kicked out at of­fi­cers with her legs.

An­der­son’s lawyer said she had taken methy­lam­phetamine the night be­fore the hos­pi­tal in­ci­dent and had an ad­verse re­ac­tion.

He said An­der­son used to work at the hos­pi­tal, so staff knew her and dealt with her in a curt man­ner.

An­der­son had no rec­ol­lec­tion of the in­ci­dent be­cause she was com­ing down from the drug and ac­cepted the hos­pi­tal staff’s ac­count of what hap­pened.

The lawyer said An­der­son had been asked to leave the granny flat she was rent­ing in May. She was frus­trated that ev­ery­thing in her life was go­ing wrong.

An­der­son struck out and apol­o­gised to police straight away.

Mag­is­trate Anne Long­den said An­der­son would have been dif­fi­cult to deal with when she was in a hys­ter­i­cal and dis­tressed state.

“These peo­ple were try­ing to help you,” she said.

Ms Long­den said An­der­son would con­tinue down this path if her prob­lems with drugs were not ad­dressed.

An­der­son was fined $1500.

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