Celebration results in a fine

A SYDNEY resident who came to Bundaberg for a wedding in August returned yesterday to face public nuisance and hindering an ambulance officer charges before the Bundaberg Magistrates Court.

Kristel Bo Woodward called emergency services for help with back pain on August 16 at 3.45am.

It was only when she was asked for her personal details, while being transported via ambulance to Bundaberg Hospital, that the defendant became abusive towards Queensland Ambulance Service staff.

When they arrived at Bundaberg Hospital, Ms Woodward was taken to the public treatment area, where her abuse towards staff continued and escalated, with numerous profanities used.

“The defendant’s actions were very disruptive,” police prosecutor Sergeant Robyn Shapcott said.

Ms Woodward’s attorney said the defendant was taking depression and pain relief medication at the time, which did not mix well with three glasses of alcohol consumed during the wedding.

The defendant’s attorney said the stress of the situation and pain she was in compounded the situation and she was very apologetic.

The 30-year-old woman has since started a charity organisation from Sydney.

Combined with a guilty plea, magistrate Jennifer Batts stated no conviction would be recorded, and a $480 fine was imposed.

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