The Courier-Mail

‘I’m not fit for release’

Crim wants more jail to finish training

- MEAGAN WEYMES

A WOMAN once labelled “obese” who fell on a police officer during a scuffle, dislocatin­g his ankle, has bizarrely asked for more time in jail so she can finish a personal training course – at a cost of about $9000 to taxpayers.

Kim Newton, 45, resisted arrest when two police officers went to her Gold Coast home on January 13 last year to investigat­e a noise complaint.

When the officers arrived they observed drug use and attempted to arrest Newton and her 16-year-old daughter. While resisting arrest, Newton fell on the senior constable’s leg, causing him to fall to the ground and dislocate his right ankle.

Newton was still on top of the police officer when her daughter allegedly struck him in the face with the handcuffs she had on, splitting his lip.

At the time, police said Newton was “rather large” and “obese” when describing the incident.

In the Southport District Court yesterday Newton pleaded guilty to a string of charges, including grievous bodily harm, serious assault and obstruct police.

Judge Clive Wall guessed that barrister David Funch would argue that she had done enough time after serving 553 days behind bars.

“I take it that will be your submission,” he said.

But Mr Funch asked if she could serve another month.

Queensland Corrective Services figures show it costs $301 a day to keep a person in jail.

“The reason for my bizarre submission that she should do another month is not because she hasn’t done enough time but because she’s asked me if she can stay in jail to complete a course,” he said.

“She’s made a big difference in prison doing as many courses as she can.”

Crown prosecutor Emma Brackin said Newton fell with her “full body weight” on to the policeman’s leg, which dislocated his right ankle and caused three fractures.

Ms Brackin said the senior constable had multiple surgeries, including an emergency surgery after he developed potentiall­y life-threatenin­g compartmen­t syndrome.

Mr Wall said he took into account that the injury wasn’t intentiona­l but said the police officer continued to suffer.

He sentenced Newton to four years in jail, to be suspended after 19½ months to allow her to finish her course.

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