24 April 2010

Cop abuser from Redbank Plains rang 000 for a lift


A WOMAN who was arrested after shouting obscenities at police later called triple-0 from a pay phone to get a free lift home.

Police were called to Redbank Plains about 8.30pm on February 21 after reports a woman was having a disagreement with a housemate about not paying rent on time and she was damaging the house.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard police arrived to find Renee Connie-Jean Robertson, 29, holding a piece of broken door in front of her and engaged in an argument with two men.

Prosecutor Sergeant Mathew Donnelly said Robertson began shouting aggressively and using abusive language at officers and refused to stay in a bedroom while police spoke to the men.

"She was shouting loudly over the police who were attempting to give her advice," Sgt Donnelly said.

Robertson was arrested but while she was walked to the police vehicle she continued to shout obscenities.

When she was placed in the vehicle Robertson stuck her leg into the door so officers could not close it.

Police released Robertson in the early hours of the morning but were called to Ipswich Mall soon afterwards after reports of a woman kicking bins and using obscene language.

Sgt Donnelly said the 29-year-old used a pay phone to ring triple-0 twice demanding a lift home.

Robertson pleaded guilty to obstructing police and two charges of public nuisance.

She was fined $300 with no conviction recorded.

Defence lawyer Janine Tubb said her client was renting the home in Redbank Plains from her parents and was drunk when she became angry at her housemate for repeatedly paying rent late.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess told Robertson she should not have taken out her frustrations on police.

"At the end of the day the person who ends up getting in trouble is you," Ms Sturgess said.

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