Bail for the last time

A WOMAN who has assaulted police on at least 10 occasions has been granted bail, despite facing a new charge of the same type.

Leilani Maidie Clarke, who has proven a constant problem for police and has even been jailed for spitting at officers, faced the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court charged with one count of assaulting police, being drunk and disorderly in public and failing to provide ID particulars.

She was granted bail on the condition she not drink any alcohol and she comply with any requests from the Fraser Coast Mental Health Service.

Prosecutor Jeanette Grigoris said that on the latest occasion Clarke had drunkenly abused police who were trying to take her to “a safe place” and began slapping and punching the police car.

She later punched a police officer in the face at the watch-house “for no apparent reason”.

Senior Constable Grigoris opposed bail, saying that not only did Clarke have the previous assault police charges but she had also breached her bail conditions on five occasions.

Defence solicitor Michael Riedel requested Clarke be released from custody to live with her mother at Torquay.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell told Clarke she was no longer allowed to drink alcohol and could be breath, blood or urine tested by police at any time.

“You know by drinking alcohol you’re going to commit offences aren’t you?” he said.

“The minute you drink alcohol there’s trouble.

“Despite that woeful history, you’ve been charged with offences on the 16/10/09, 11/11/09, 20/12/09 and 11/1/10.

“If you don’t want to spend lengthy periods in custody you’ve got to stop committing these offences.

“… At least you haven’t spat at the officers involved.”

Mr Tatnell told her it was her last opportunity and that if she was caught drinking alcohol, failed to report to police or committed another offence she had better not try to apply for bail.

“Don’t come back and ask for bail because you’ll be staying in custody,” he said.

“Don’t come back and ask for bail because it will be an insult.”

Clarke will reappear in court on February 18.

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