Spitter faces court

A WOMAN who kicked and spat on a police officer as he tried to move her away from a busy road faced court yesterday.

Megan Maureen Riley, 39, of West Bundaberg, pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court to assaulting a police officer, contravening a community-based order, obstructing police and public nuisance.

The court heard that on April 14 at 8.10pm, police saw Riley arguing with and screaming obscenities at a man on Branyan Street.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said two officers tried to calm the drunk woman and move her off the road.

“She kicked an officer in the knee, causing pain and discomfort,” Sgt Stevens said.

The police arrested the woman, who then spat at one officer and missed, with the spittle landing on the other officer’s arm.

Defence lawyer Christine Delaney said her client denied spitting at an officer, saying she was aiming for the ground before the police car door closed.

Ms Delaney said the man Riley was arguing with had been in a fight with her friend moments before police arrived and she was trying to find where her friend had gone.

“She told police she wanted to find her friend and she says they were ignoring her,” she said.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts sentenced Riley to 14 months probation and ordered she pay $300 for the breach of her probation.

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