Party ends in court date

A HOUSE party in Avenell Heights ended in a court appearance for a Bundaberg east teenager after she abused and elbowed police who tried to break it up.

Nikki Lee Ross, 19, pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday to two charges of assaulting police, two charges of obstructing police and one charge of public nuisance.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Fiona Ward said police had been called to break up a Dunn Street party about 10pm on Saturday, September 11.

“As police were attempting to arrest one of the party- goers, the defendant began pulling on one of their arms,” she said.

“She also started to yell: ‘Stop picking on girls you dirty f***ing pigs. Leave them alone, you f***ing c***s'.”

Snr Const Ward said Ross continued to pull on a person police officers were trying to arrest.

The court was told police officers then tried to arrest Ross, who pulled away, broke the wristwatch of one of the officers and scratched an arm, causing it to bleed.

Snr Const Ward said after Ross was placed in handcuffs, she continued to struggle, striking back with her elbow and hitting a second officer in the jaw and upper shoulder, causing them pain and discomfort.

Defence barrister Simon Burgess said Ross was unemployed, receiving Youth Allowance from Centrelink and this was her first offence.

“Ross has told me she was just moving back and forth to get more comfortable in the handcuffs and her elbows struck back accidentally,” he said.

Magistrate Neil Lavaring placed Ross under a $1000 good behaviour bond for two years and warned there would be consequences if she breached it.

“You get away with not much today, but muck up in the next year and it could be doubled,” he said.

Mr Lavaring said he took into account that this was Ross's first offence and that she had limited ability to pay any fine imposed.

No convictions were recorded.



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