Saigon Saigon owner Tai Lam (far right) with staff members Hua, Ryan, Mahesh, Vishal Gaur, Harry and Steven. People have been throwing rocks at customers in their restaurant. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
Saigon Saigon owner Tai Lam (far right) with staff members Hua, Ryan, Mahesh, Vishal Gaur, Harry and Steven. People have been throwing rocks at customers in their restaurant. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill ROK301213ssaigon3

You acted like a pack of dogs: Magistrate to drunk mother

BERLENE Oakley-Williams smiled and waved to her friends as she was taken from Rockhampton Magistrates Court to prison on Tuesday for her part in a shocking incident at Saigon Saigon Restaurant on Quay St last month.

Magistrate Barry Cosgrove told Oakley-Williams, 28, her behaviour was completely unacceptable.

"You set upon customers and staff like a pack of dogs," he said.

"People are entitled to go about their business without having rocks and sticks thrown at them."

Staff refused to back down on December 28 while a group of about a dozen people threw rocks at diners on the restaurant's balcony.

One staff member was hit in the head with a rock and another punched in the head as they tried to help.

Oakley-Williams was charged with public nuisance and assault occasioning bodily harm for arguing with patrons, throwing rocks and making threats.

She told patrons they would be waiting to get them, as they witnessed the full scale of the incident.

Some took video on their phones.

All members of the group were arrested after police tracked them down on the riverbank.

Police prosecutor Matthew Heelan told the court Oakley-Williams, a mother of four children, incited and encouraged the violence but was too drunk to be interviewed.

She was already on a suspended sentence for similar offences.

Mr Cosgrove sentenced her to 12 months in prison, revoked the suspended sentence and banned her from any licensed premises in the Rockhampton CBD for one year.

A parole release date for Oakley-Williams was set for May 26 this year.



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