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Teacher aide pleads after yelling obscenities at officers

A HERVEY Bay teacher aide yelled obscenities at police officers after a night out drinking, the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court heard.

On Thursday, Joanne Mellington, 51, pleaded guilty to public nuisance when she appeared in court.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Donna Sperling said police were called to the Beach House Hotel about 11.10pm on Friday, December 11 after Mellington had refused to leave.

When police arrived Mellington was in the car park.

Snr Const Sperling said Mellington yelled at police to 'f*** off" among other expletives before claiming she had not done anything.

She said Mellington also kneed a male police officer in the upper thigh.

Defence lawyer Trinity McGarvie said Mellington was deeply remorseful for her actions.

"She is humiliated by her actions," she said.

"She regrets it and wishes to offer an apology to the officers."

Ms McGarvie said Mellington had recently been undergoing a tough personal time and her actions were extremely out of character for her.

"She was under the influence of alcohol," she said.

Magistrate Robert Walker accepted the incident was out of character for Mellington.

He said it was highly commendable that she had offered an apology to the officers.

Mellington was placed on a $300 good behaviour recognisance for six months.

That means she will forfeit $300 if she is convicted of any other crime in the next six months.

No conviction was recorded.

Topics:  hervey bay magistraes court



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