Gladstone mum told to be bet­ter role model for teen chil­dren

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A GLADSTONE mum who tried to bite a cop in a vi­o­lent strug­gle to get her to the watch house has been told to be a bet­ter role model.

Cherie Mar­garet Mal­colm pleaded guilty in Gladstone Mag­is­trates Court to two counts of as­sault or obstruct po­lice.

The court heard Mal­colm was ar­rested at her home at Toolooa on Septem­ber 3.

Po­lice were called in re­la­tion to a dis­tur­bance at the ad­dress where they found Mal­colm heav­ily in­tox­i­cated.

The court heard she was “bel­liger­ent, un­co­op­er­a­tive and ag­gres­sive” to­wards po­lice.

Of­fi­cers de­tained Mal­colm and when try­ing to put her in the po­lice ve­hi­cle Mal­colm scratched one of­fi­cer and tried to bite an­other.

The court heard the of­fi­cer felt Mal­colm’s teeth on their hand and re­moved it be­fore she was able to bite down.

Mal­colm’s lawyer Cassandra Ditch­field told the court it was Mal­colm who ini­tially called the po­lice to the ad­dress.

Ms Ditch­field said Mal­colm was as­saulted by her 18-yearold son, who spat on her and kicked her in the stom­ach.

Ms Ditch­field said Mal­colm was con­fused when po­lice ar­rived at the ad­dress and be­gan to ques­tion her as if she was the “per­pe­tra­tor”.

The court heard Mal­colm was “drink­ing at a higher rate” than usual as she was cel­e­brat­ing her birth­day.

Ms Ditch­field said Mal­colm had lost her job a few months prior and was overly stressed.

“She is 39, sin­gle and un­em­ployed which is caus­ing a sig­nif­i­cant amount of stress for her,” Ms Ditch­field said.

“There is ab­so­lutely a short­age of jobs here in Gladstone.”

Ms Ditch­field said Mal­colm also suf­fered a black eye and bruis­ing from her deal­ings with po­lice. “Not to sug­gest po­lice were do­ing any­thing other than their job but (Mal­colm) did suf­fer ex­tra-cu­rial pun­ish­ment,” Ms Ditch­field said.

Mag­is­trate Clare Kelly noted the of­fend­ing oc­curred in front of Mal­colm’s two sons, aged 15 and 18.

Mag­is­trate Kelly told Mal­colm it was her job to set a good ex­am­ple for her chil­dren.

Mag­is­trate Kelly said Mal­colm’s ac­tions were “de­plorable” and made it very dif­fi­cult and com­pli­cated for po­lice to do their job.

She or­dered Mal­colm to serve 12 months’ pro­ba­tion. Con­vic­tions were recorded.

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